Monthly Archive: August 2014

Tips for the Busy 4-H Parent: Setting up a Homework Center

Photo courtesy of Family Fun Magazine These days, children as young as kindergarten age can have homework. Getting your child to do homework during the hectic evening hours is frustrating for many busy parents, but setting up a simple homework center can make it easier. Select a location for your child to do homework- an …

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Protecting Vegetables from the Heat

Shade House for early fall cropCredits: UF/IFAS In fall, many Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetables but are faced with late summer heat issues. This happens during the first few days of August here in north Florida. Most cole crops are recommended to be planted for the fall as early as August 1, but …

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Plants to Beat the Heat!

Most people appreciate a colorful landscape, but may not have a lot of time or money to invest into keeping it looking good.  Add to that the low nutrient soils that do not hold water that are common in the western Panhandle and keeping an attractive yard becomes even more challenging, especially if irrigation is …

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Vegetable Crops for Fall Color

Color can make a landscape.  Color highlights features of the landscape and draws the eye as a focal point itself.  Spring color is dominated by lush new green growth, Summer brings on flowers of all kind, and fall brings the spectacular show of foliage. Important! A new suggestion: use vegetable crops as fall color! Fall …

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Wiregrass Field Crop Field Day August 22

2014 Field Crops Field Day Friday, August 22, 2014 Registration 8:00 a.m. Field Tour Starts 8:30 a.m. Wiregrass Research & Extension Center – Headland,AL Sponsored meal will be served at Noon. Pesticide Points and CCA Points available to attendees. Held cooperatively by Auburn University, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.   …

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July 2014 Panhandle Weather Summary

July was another typical summer month with wide variation in rainfall totals across the Panhandle.  The graphic above shows the National Weather Service’s estimates for rainfall totals for July 2014.  Portions of Escambia, Santa Rosa,and Walton Counties received over 10″ for the month, while portions of Jackson, Gadsden, and Leon Counties had less than 2″ …

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Time to Spray Soybeans for Insect Pests and Disease

Velvetbean caterpillar on soybeans in Okaloosa county (photo by Jennifer Bearden) Recent reports from the field show it’s time to spray soybeans for Asian Soybean Rust, velvetbean, loopers, and other caterpillars. Fall armyworms are still a problem in some fields as well as kudzu bugs. “Fungicides, insecticides and boron are often mixed together with good …

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Corn Harvest is Underway in Jackson County (video)

Josh Thompson, Regional Crop IPM Agent, provides a corn yield check at a farm in Jackson County this week. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Combines began picking through corn last week, and this week the harvesting continues. Jackson County has a corn yield contest that several growers participate in.  Having a yield check allows for a …

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What Is Up with All the Sharks?

Since the beginning of the summer, panhandle residents and visitors have been reporting numerous sharks hanging out along the sandbars near the passes. , cruising between the 2nd sandbar and the beach. One visitor was even bitten; raising the question – WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE SHARKS? The Scalloped Hammerhead is one of five species …

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EEF Nitrogen: What is it, and do you Need it?

Fig. 1. Example of a coated fertilizer (left) and fertilizer coated with a urease and nitrification inhibitor, right. Coated fertilizer illustration courtesy of International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI): http://www.ipni.net/ As fertilizers get more expensive and the need to protect environmentally sensitive areas increases, farmers are looking for more efficient nitrogen (N) fertilizers. The Association of …

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