Monthly Archive: January 2015

Fireweed: a Pasture Weed that will Light You Up!

Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides) photo by Brent Sellers Fireweed is growing well in the Panhandle and I have had a couple of calls this week regarding this plant. This winter annual stinging nettle will definitely light you up! I remember the first time I ever encountered Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides) while working on fence adjacent to my dad’s …

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Wiregrass Beef & Forage Field Day March 6

Registration – 8:00 a.m. Welcome – Mr. Larry Wells (Wiregrass REC, Director) Beef Industry Update – Dr. Billy Powell (AL Cattlemen’s Association, Exec. Director) Farm Service Agency Update – Mr. Bobby Beasley (County Executive Director) Wiregrass REC Tour – Mr. Brian Gamble (Wiregrass REC, Associate Director) “Pasture & Hay Field Forages” – Dr. Jennifer Johnson …

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Common Bermudagrass Control in Peanuts with Fusilade or Select

Common bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) is a mat-forming perennial that can be found just about anywhere in the southeastern US – from roadsides to production fields. This weed is very well adapted to the South and persists in areas with a variety of soil textures, soil pH, and fertility levels. Although common bermudagrass can be beneficial …

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Winter Burns Benefit Bermudagrass Hay Fields

Controlled burn of a Bermudagrass Hayfield – Photo by Shep Eubanks Now is an excellent time to begin planning controlled burns of bermudagrass hay fields in north Florida.  Weather conditions in late January and February are typically our best for getting a good controlled burn, especially with the recent hard cold weather that we have …

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Making a Difference in 2015

How Will You Make a Difference in 2015? Let’s all take a big, deep breath…2014 is now a thing of the past! At this moment, we all have to decide what we are going to do in 2015. What will you resolve to do in the New Year? Will you finally use your elliptical for more …

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Leaf Litter: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Work?

Fallen leaves add much to the landscape. They feed the plants and many insect, retain water, and help stabilize the soil For the homeowner who feels the need to rake leaves and pine needles, the task can be something of a minor nuisance. The showers of earth-toned leftovers appear suddenly and at inconvenient times, and …

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Soil: What’s Alive Beneath Our Feet?

You’re digging up a ridiculously stubborn patch of Florida betony when an earthworm crawls across your path. As you break apart the soil in your hands a world of active organisms is being sifted through your fingers. Fertile soil is teeming with beneficial microbes. It is estimated that there can be billions of microbes in …

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What To Do Before and After a Hard Freeze

Florida homeowners enjoy a wide range of landscape and citrus plants and often times desire a tropical or semitropical appearance to their landscapes. Many landscape plants are often planted past their northern limit such as here in Northwest Florida, although microclimates differ dramatically. Tropical and subtropical plants can be used in the landscape, but they …

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Panhandle Ag e-News 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards

The Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team thanks you for subscribing to Panhandle Ag e-News this past year. 2014 was an even more successful year for this electronic newsletter project. Our subscriber list increased from 2,775 at the beginning of 2014 to 3,393 in 2015 (22% growth).  Last year we had 68,571 total web page views as …

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Pasture Soil Fertility Essential to Prevent Broomsedge Infestations

Broomsedge bluestem goes by many common names; broom grass, broom sage, sage brush, etc. No matter the name it is a sign of poor soil fertility. Broomsedge bluestem, or Andropogon virginicus L. is quite conspicuous this time of year. Its tall stems are the most noticeable feature in many fields. While these tall stems blowing in …

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