Monthly Archive: September 2014

Enjoying Wildlife Safely and Responsibly

Last week, the Okaloosa County Health Department issued a rabies alert after three bats were determined to have the illness. A “drive-through” rabies vaccine clinic was organized for pets, and warnings were issued throughout the region about making contact with wild animals. One radio broadcast played an interview in which a health department staffer urged …

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Watch Out for the Saddleback Caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar, Acharia stimulea. Image Credit Matthew Orwat In Florida, there are a dizzying array of caterpillars that turn into beautiful or interesting moths or butterflies. Most are harmless except to the plants they munch on. There are a few that will cause humans pain if they are handled or touched. One of these venomous caterpillars …

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Thinning Vegetable Seedlings

Some vegetables and herbs like lettuce, carrots, collards, basil, and radish have very small seeds. It is difficult to plant these seeds so there is space between emerging plants for proper development. These plants will often need thinning after they mature. Thinning allows for adequate space for leaf and root development during the growing season.  Crowded …

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Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program

Cogongrass will take over native or cultivated vegetation, as can bee seen in this hay field. Photo credit: Doug Mayo The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. “Invasive cogongrass spreads quickly and aggressively and can cause …

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Mehlich 3: Improved Soil Testing for Florida Growers

Soil testing is a critical component of modern agriculture.  Photo by Judy Ludlow There has been a change in the testing procedure at the UF/IFAS Lab which analyzes the nutrient profile of Florida’s soils. The Extension Soil Testing Laboratory (ESTL) has replaced the Mehlich 1 (M1) test with the Mehlich 3 (M3) test, but the …

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Antique Tractor Drive and Pull November 21 & 22

As a part of their Farm-City Festival, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an antique tractor drive and pull  November 21 & 22 in Marianna, Florida.  The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the rich heritage and economic contribution that agriculture has made to the region.  If you own a tractor made …

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Inconsitant Rainfall Makes Pod-Blasting Vitally Important This Year

Peanut harvest has begun in Washington County. Inconsistent rainfall this summer means that dry-land farmers need to pay special attention to peanut maturity. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin A cold, wet spring got lots of area peanuts off to a late and slow start. When it warmed up and things really got rolling, the rain quit, …

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Greg Evers Okaloosa County Agricultural Innovator

Greg Evers was recognized as an Agricultural Innovator by Jennifer Bearden, Santa Rosa County Extension On Thursday August 21, 2014, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fourth year these two organizations …

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Section 18 Approved for Aphid Control in Forage Sorghum

The white sugar cane aphid is new, devastating pest this year in Florida sorghum. It has moved in from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and has been a major problem in Alabama and Georgia as well. For more information about the aphid, see White Sugarcane Aphid Spreading Across North Florida. The only labeled treatments up until this week have …

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Evaluating Kaolin As a Pesticide

Figure 1. Kaolin applied to tomato (photograph by Joe Funderburk) Joe Funderburk, Professor of Entomology, North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy Kaolin (a naturally occurring mined mineral) is an aluminosilicate particle film that is applied directly onto crops (Figure 1). The film acts through multiple modes of action to reduce insects and disease. Modes …

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