Monthly Archive: December 2015

2016 Panhandle Satsuma Meeting January 21st

2016 Panhandle Satsuma Production Meeting – January 21, 2016 Jackson County Extension Office – Marianna, FL This educational workshop is designed to provide citrus producers and potential producers with the latest production information. This is a sponsored event, with no registration fee, but we do ask that you RSVP: by phone  850-482-9620 – via email …

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2015 November Weather Summary and December Outlook

National Weather Service estimates of November 2015 rainfall ranged from less than 4″ to over 10″ inches across the Panhandle. November was an unusually wet month across the Panhandle with fairly wide variation. According to the National Weather Service estimates, the hot pink portions of Okaloosa, Walton, Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Franklin, Wakulla and Leon …

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November Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Livestock Economist The August 2016 Feeder Cattle futures contract declined by $ 16.38/cwt. during November. Based on this futures price decrease, August Feeder Cattle revenues decreased by approximately $ 122.85/hd. ($ 16.38/cwt. *7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 8,190 per truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle …

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Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Hits a Wall at 65 Cents

While cotton futures prices are still in the long standing 62 to 67-cent trading range, prices made a nice “recovery” over the past few weeks. Prices (Mar16 futures) have “rallied” from the 60-cent threat back in October, and from just below 62 cents on Nov 23, to almost 65 cents on Wednesday this week before …

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Idle Farm Equipment Makes an Ideal Habitat For Black Widow Spiders

Though normally shy, a cornered or accidently injured black widow spider can inflict a damaging bite. As the growing season concludes, field equipment is parked in the barns and sheds across the Panhandle. After an all too brief rest, farmers and ranchers perform the necessary maintenance on these agricultural assets.  Even still, unpowered and idle, …

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UF/IFAS Researchers Evaluating Flower Thrips Damage to Strawberries

Iris Strzyzewski and Joe Funderburk, North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida The U.S. supplies 29% of the total production of strawberries, making it the largest producer worldwide. Florida harvests about 10,000 acres annually valued at $ 400 million, ranking second only to California. Flower thrips are pests of numerous fruit and vegetable …

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Friday Funny: The Shaving Ball

A weathered, old cowboy walked into a barbershop one day. He told the barber, “I can’t get all these whiskers off anymore.  My face is too wrinkled from years out in the sun.” The barber reached over and picked up a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf.  The barber told the old …

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NRCS EQIP Program Application Deadline December 18

Application deadline for NRCS financial assistance December 18 Florida farmers and ranchers can apply until Friday, December 18, 2015, for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for fiscal year 2016 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a …

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Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking

The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days. An added bonus, these small changes may help you to avoid those extra holiday pounds we all fear …

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Time to Plant Trees & Shrubs

The cooler weather in the wintertime makes it a great time to plant trees and shrubs. That is why Arbor Day in Florida is the third Friday in January. In 2016, that event is January 15. Baldcypress growing at the edge of a pond. Photo: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Start your planning now with doing a site assessment …

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