Monthly Archive: June 2015

Integrating Perennial Peanut into Grass Pastures

Figure 3. Rhizoma peanut + bahiagrass pastures 10 years after establishment.  Photo Credit: Miguel Castillo Jose Dubeux, University of Florida/IFAS – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Rhizoma peanut (commonly known as perennial peanut) is a warm-season perennial legume well adapted to Florida. It has high digestibility (65-75%) and crude protein concentrations (15-20%), that …

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Southeast Drying Out with More Hot & Dry Weather on the Way

David Zierden, State Climatologist Article posted on Southeast Innovative Farming Team June 19, 2015 Current Conditions – According to the last U.S. Drought Monitor, drought is starting to creep back into the Southeast. The latest map released on June 18 designates a large portion of South Georgia and North Florida as D0, or “abnormally dry”.  Some Southeast …

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Nurturing Volunteers = Happy Campers

Camp would not be possible without volunteer Terre Arnold. From scrapes and sunburns to headaches and homesickness, Terre Arnold is filling a critical role at 4-H Camp Timpoochee by keeping campers safe and healthy.  During the school year, Terre works as a school health aid and a bus driver so she is a natural fit …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/19/nurturing-volunteers-happy-campers/

Summer Lawn Review

  Image Credit: UF / IFAS Time is flying! June has reached its halfway point and lawns are having to be maintained often. Let us take a few minutes to review some things that need to be considered when properly maintaining the lawn. 1. Mowing Height – Get out a tape measure and make sure you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/16/summer-lawn-review/

Conenose and Kissing Bugs: Necessary, But Not Fun If Contacted

Eastern Blood-sucking Conenose bugs are found in and around plant where they are hunting for insects. While it is not exactly a jungle “out there” in the landscape, there are some occasionally encountered insects which can inflict pain. The kissing bug and the blood-sucking conenose are native insects which are best not physically encountered. The …

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The Danger Within… What’s Hiding in Our Woods

As summer comes to its apex you may find yourself longing to move your activities outdoors and commune with nature. However, as you are reveling in the warm weather while hiking, camping, biking, gardening, etc. remember that there are native plants of a less friendly nature hiding in plain sight. I’m sure you have all …

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Friday Funny: Chicken Crossing

One thing is for sure, farm folks always enjoy sharing good jokes, photos and stories.  If you have a good, clean joke, particularly one that pertains to agriculture, or a funny photo that you took on the farm, send it in and we will share it with our readers: Panhandle Ag Jokes This week’s joke …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/13/friday-funny-chicken-crossing/

Federal Reserve Report Optimistic About Southeast Agriculture

The U.S. Federal Reserve Banks are responsible for the currency used domestically.  They also issues a report eight times annually on the current economic conditions in the collective Federal Reserve Districts. Known as the Beige Book, this publication is based on anecdotal information from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, …

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Pegging Zone Calcium for Peanuts

Take a pegging soil sample, and if you have at least 500 lb/a of soil test calcium AND if your calcium to potassium ratio is 3:1 or better, then you don’t need to apply gypsum.  Photo credit:  John Atkins Glen Harris, UGA Soil Extension Specialist When we switched from growing small-seeded Georgia Green to large-seeded …

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Rindworms: A “Complex” Pest of Melons

Rindworm damage on watermelon. Credit: K. Rochacewich, Cargill. Matt Lollar, Jackson County Horticulture Agent It’s the beginning of melon harvest season in the Panhandle, and rindworms pose a significant threat to fruit quality. Rindworms are an interesting bunch because they are made up of a number of caterpillar species that fall under the classification of the …

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