Monthly Archive: August 2015

Honey Bee Health & Best Management Strategies – August 30th

Florida A&M University will be hosting a bee health workshop on Sunday, August 30th from 11AM to 5PM at the FAMU Research and Education Center in Quincy.  The workshop will be led by Michael Schmaeling of the Rodale Institute. Credit: Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory, University of Florida. Topics to be discussed at the workshop …

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FSA NAP Deadlines Approaching

Aug. 20, 2015  – Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today encouraged producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline for fall crops. “Deadlines are quickly approaching to purchase coverage for fall-seeded crops,” …

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Mikael L’Andre honored as Walton County Agricultural Innovator

Mikael L’Andre (left) was recognized as Walton County’s Agricultural Innovator by Evan Anderson, Walton/Okaloosa Extension Agent. On Tuesday August 4, 2015, 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 fifth year these two …

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Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour Highlights

The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association hosted their annual tour on August 13, 2015.  This year’s tour went to two farms and the local research station.  More than 80 people attended the tour this year.  MWI Veterinary Supply, Southern States and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida sponsored the event and covered the expenses of lunch and …

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Honey Bee Colony Numbers: National Trends Mixed, Florida Increasing

Photos by Judy Ludlow The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), conducted their ninth annual national survey of honey bee colony losses. Over 6,000 beekeepers completed the survey providing valuable information about honey bee colony numbers and health for the 2014/2015 …

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Soybean Rust found in Jackson County Sentinel Plot

Source: Soybean Rust IPM PIPE Soybean rust (SBR) has been found on the sentinel plot in Jackson County at the Extension Office.  Because these plots are scouted for SBR on a regular basis, the SBR was confirmed very early.  SBR has now been confirmed in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in 2015. Soybean growers should …

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Watermelon Fusarium Wilt Update

Figure 1. Fusarium wilt of watermelon on a commercial field in Madison County on 06/15/15. Authors: Tatiana Sanchez, Mathews Paret, Joshua Freeman, and Nicholas Dufault Fusarium wilt of watermelon (Figure 1) is a soil-borne, fungal disease that can affect watermelon plants anytime from seed to harvest. It has been a problem for many Florida producers …

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The World of Worms… Part 1 of 3

I am afraid worms are not the most pleasant topic to write about but few people know much about them. I was once told when I was a student that if you wanted to become known as a scientist study worms, no one else is.   When we hear the term “worm” negative things enter …

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Now’s the Time to Start Preparing for Hunting Season

Deer hunting season is just around the corner. It’s time to start scouting and making preparations to plant cool season food plots. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin The temperature might still be in the 90s but the kids are back in school and football season is starting soon; that means fall is coming and with it, …

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Bringing the Indigo Back to the Panhandle

With great interest I read this week that the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in central Florida has begun a project to reintroduce the federally listed Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais cooper) to the Florida Panhandle; where there have been no verified sightings since the late ‘90s. The eastern indigo snake is the largest nonvenomous …

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