Monthly Archive: May 2015

Summertime Safety ~ A Hidden Danger

Beware of Hidden Dangers We all know that taking safety measures, such as using car seats correctly or basic childproofing, for our children is important. But what about “hidden dangers?” One major hidden danger can be the family vehicle. As summertime approaches and the heat is upon us, the dangers of leaving a child in …

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Southern Pine Beetle Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications

Pitch tubes of the southern pine beetle (SPB), Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann, on outer bark. Photograph by James. R. Meeker, FDACS, Division of Forestry. Image inset is the southern pine beetle, Photograph by David T. Almquist, University of Florida. Applications From Private Forest Landowners Will Be Accepted June 6-July 18 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. …

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Enhancing Sustainability Options for Farmers

Enhancing Sustainability Options for Farmers Article by Margaret Lawrence, News Unit Manager, Alabama Cooperative Extension Weather is one of farming’s greatest challenges. But Dr. Brenda Ortiz, a corn and grain crops specialist with Alabama Extension, says farmers’ abilities to manage production risks like drought or heavy rains are improving. “Many of the farmers who are leading …

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Increasing Income from Calves Sold at your Local Livestock Market

There are a number of techniques to increase the values of calves sold at weaning. Photo credit: Doug Mayo While cattle producers have always worked hard to minimize input costs of their operation, there are also management practices that can increase the income from calves sold at your local livestock market. The weight and quality …

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A New Website For Selecting Plants to Enhance Ecosystem Services

Sunflowers are important sources of pollen, nectar, and alternative food for pollinators, beneficial insects, butterflies, and wildlife. Make sure your cultivar has pollen as some do not. Photo by Russ Mizell In a previous Panhandle Ag-e Newsletter article (Tools for Trapping Pests and Attracting Beneficial Insects), I described some new multifunctional tactics to monitor pests …

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The Diamondback Moth: A Major Pest of Cole Crops

Adult diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus). Credit: Lyle Buss, University of Florida Matt Lollar, Jackson County Horticulture Agent Diamondback moths were recently discovered in a greenhouse crop of arugula in Jackson County, and they may soon be moving to a field near you.  Diamondback moths can be detrimental to cole crops. Adults are approximately ¼ …

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3 Ways You Can Help Keep Our Bays Healthy

Following a previous article on the number of ways you can help sea turtles, this week we will look at ways that local residents can help keep our waterways clean. Poor water quality is a concern all over the country, and so it is locally as well. When we have heavy rain all sorts of …

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4-H Volunteer Grows Confidence through Gardening Project

4-H School Gardens help youth learn about science, food and nutrition, and life skills such as responsibility. Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With 4-H volunteers, Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development, and UF IFAS Extension all in a row! School gardens have become the perfect avenue to implement experiential learning. They …

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Insect Problems in the Heat of Summer

Florida soft scale. Photo credit: UF/IFAS. Scale insects are one of the most serious problems homeowners face on ornamentals this time of year.  The most common are armored scale, soft scale, and mealybugs.   They cause damage by sucking plant fluids from the leaves, stems, and sometimes roots.  Some species feed on the underside of the …

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Grow an Herb Garden!

Herbs are plants that are grown for the special flavor and aroma of their various parts.  They are used mainly to season, enrich, or otherwise improve the taste or smell of certain foods. Since they are not classified as vegetables.  Since their growth habits and cultural requirements are similar, herbs are often included with vegetables in the garden. One …

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