Monthly Archive: October 2014

Marvel & Justin Williams Honored as Holmes County Agricultural Innovators

Marvel Williams was recognized as the Holmes County Agricultural Innovator by his friend and local Holmes County Agent, Shep Eubanks. 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 …

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The Peanut Butter Challenge is Underway

The 2014 Peanut Butter Challenge is now underway in every county in the Panhandle. The PB Challenge is a food collection drive of peanut butter from within each of the 16 UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District Counties.  In addition to what is collected from the Peanut Butter Challenge, the Florida Peanut Producers Association  provides two pallets of peanut …

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Agritourism: a Growing Industry in the Panhandle

Agritourism – Holmes County Corn Maze – Photo Courtesy of Ryan Hammack Agritourism is an industry that provides alternative income opportunities for Panhandle agricultural producers, while providing recreational opportunities for tourists, schools, churches, and other organizations.  Agritourism activities also promote agriculture, and the vital role that agriculture plays in our daily lives, and the Florida …

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Mechanical Pruning of Muscadine Grapevines

Muscadine grapevines Photo credit: Pete Anderson Muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia Michx.) subgenus Muscadinia are different from European and American bunch grapes (subgenus Euvitis) in chromosome number, vine and berry morphology, and juice characteristics. In contrast to Euvitis grapes, very little data is available concerning training and pruning methods. A two wire vertical training (2WV), a …

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Temporary Pastures Can Hide Ugly Surprises

Coffee weed in a loafing area adjacent to winter grazing. Nightshade and crotalaria are even more toxic. Photo credit: Jed Dillard Using row crop land for cool season grazing is one of the great opportunities for North Florida livestock operations. Early crops come out in time to allow seedbed preparation for planting, and late harvested …

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Dairy Margin Protection Program Seminars

The 2014 Farm Bill provides new risk management options for dairy farms. Photo credit: Doug Mayo The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and University of Florida/IFAS Extension are teaming up to offer educational seminars to help dairy farmers understand the new risk management program created for them by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Dairy farmers have …

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Flies That Help Our Garden Grow

Hover Fly. Image Credit EDIS, Roy Frye When someone mentions flies, we think of buzzing around our heads, maggots in decomposing materials, and unclean conditions. It is time to change those thoughts, at least in the garden. There are several flies commonly found in landscapes that provide a valuable service in pest management. The long-legged …

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Strawberries: Now is the Time

Sweet Charlie Strawberry. Credit: C.K. Chandler, UF IFAS Extension Now is the time for Northwest Florida gardeners to plant strawberries for bountiful production of fruit beginning in January and continuing into May. The following procedure will lead to a successful strawberry garden if followed: The best location for strawberry production provides well-drained, moist, sandy soil with substantial …

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Blame Ragweed not Goldenrod for Fall Hay Fever

Goldenrod are easily recognizable this time of year with its showy yellow flowers held high on stems moving back and forth by autumn winds. A field full of these vivid yellow blossoms is a sight to see with a bright blue fall sky as a background. But too often this plant is blamed for the sneezing, …

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Sunbelt Ag Expo – 10/13/14 – Setup Day LIVE Feed

Local county agents are working hard to set up at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. You can watch our live feed below! Author: John Wells – johnrwells@ufl.edu John Wells is the IT Expert for the NW District. John Wells

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