Monthly Archive: September 2015

Landscaping for Wildlife with Food Plots

Cool Season Wildlife Food Plot. Photo by Jennifer Bearden, UF / IFAS Many of us enhance our home landscaping with bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths and other items so that we can attract wildlife. To accomplish the same thing, many rural landowners plant wildlife food plots. While large landowners often plant several acres, food …

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Can Your Landscape Support Breeding Butterflies?

Giant Swallowtail on citrus leaf. JMcConnell, UF/IFAS Adult butterflies are pretty easy to attract to your landscape if you provide flowering plants, but getting them to lay eggs in your garden is a little trickier. Butterflies go through complete metamorphosis which means that they have four main life stages. The first is the egg, second …

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Art and Plants Come Together at the “Art & Garden Fall Family Festival”

The University of Florida/IFAS presents Art & Garden Fall Family Festival, October 3, at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Quincy Campus. Join us that day and discover creative ways to explore visual art and the art of gardening through demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family. Speak with experts about all …

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Friday Funny: Blind Sporting Goods Clerk

A farmer sent his wife to town to the tractor dealership for a new hydraulic hose, and asked her to also stop by Walmart to buy a rod and reel for their grandson’s birthday. Once in the store she realizes she really doesn’t know which one to get, so she just grabs a rod and …

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Larry & Susan White Honored as Bay County Agricultural Innovators

Larry and Susan White were recognized as Agricultural Innovators by Julie McConnell, Bay County Horticulture Extension Agent. Julie McConnell, Bay County Extension 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 …

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Weather Played a Major Role on Peanut Yields in 2015

UF/IFAS Peanut fungicide trial untreated plots showing 50% White Mold Infestation. Photo by John Atkins Peanut harvest is in full swing in the Florida Panhandle, but producers have had challenges to crop success in the form of disease and erratic weather this year. White mold has been particularly troublesome this season.  On August 24th we …

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Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Reaches New Lows from Lack of Demand

Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cotton Economist New York Yankee great Yogi Berra died this week. One of the most famous of his Yogi-isms was “When you get to a fork in the road, take it.” Undoubtedly, cotton prices are at a fork in the road. Will prices be able to hold the 60-cent level …

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Understanding the 4-H Project

4-H Projects are about developing blue ribbon youth rather than blue ribbon projects. Make a Difference Monday, our online volunteer training series, kicked off this past Monday night!  This year’s series focuses on helping youth develop a sense of Mastery, one of the Essential Elements of a positive youth development.  Mastery is all about building …

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National Estuaries Week! – What We Can Do

In the last edition in this series we discussed some of the issues and problems our estuaries are facing. For the final edition for National Estuaries Week we want to leave you with some ideas on you can help improve things.   The first issue we dealt with was eutrophication – or nutrient overloading. The …

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Time Saving Tips for the Kitchen

My husband calls me the one-trip-wonder because of my stubborn refusal to make more than one trip in from the car regardless of the size or number of items needing to be carried in.  I know he thinks I’m crazy, but really, who has time to make 27 trips from the car to the house?  I guess it’s …

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