Monthly Archive: December 2017

Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

A great walk or ride is close at hand on this trail which once supported a critical 19th century transportation link. The typical image of a state park is that of a place where visitors enter through a front gate and enjoy the wonders of nature or some historic structure. The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad …

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It’s a Strange Thing, These Rattlesnakes

The observations I made of rattlesnakes is just that… observations, there is no scientific study I am aware that supports what I appear to have seen, but I have noticed it – more than once now. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake crossing road at Eglin AFB. Photo: Carrie Stevenson The eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) is a …

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Gadsden Tomato Forum December 7

Gadsden Tomato Forum December 7 2017. 8:00am-2:00pm At the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) 155 Research Rd, Quincy, FL 32351 For more information contact:  Shep Eubanks Phone: (850) 875-7255 or bigbuck@ufl.edu       Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is …

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Friday Feature: EPD Basics for Bull Selection

This week’s featured video was actually produced by the Panhandle Ag Extension Team.  Bull buying season is upon us, so it is helpful to understand EPDs, and how to use the numbers to select the best bull for the money.  Mark Mauldin, Washington County Extension provides a great overview of why EPDs are so important, …

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New Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Management Guide from UGA

Dennis Hancock, UGA State Forage Extension Specialist Have you noticed bronzing on your bermudagrass? It may appear as drought or frost-damaged fields, but it could also be the bermudagrass stem maggot. Since the first appearance in Georgia in 2010, producers have been wondering how to combat this pest. If this includes you, check out UGA’s most up-to-date recommendations …

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The Alabama Row Crops Short Course – December 12-13

Registration to the Alabama Row Crops Short Course is free and can be accessed by clicking HERE. The 2017 conference will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center on December 12th & 13th.  The conference starts promptly at 8:30 on the 12th and has an all-star line up of presenters.  …

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Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Use Is Key to Price Strength and Stability

Back in May, when most of the 2017 cotton crop still remained to be planted, USDA released its first supply and demand projections for the 2017 crop marketing year.  That first projection for total World use was 115.75 million bales.  That was back in May.  The most recent (November) projection is now 119.25 million bales—3 …

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Time for a Change: Coolant System Maintenance

Field work is slowing, but it is a good time to schedule needed maintenance of cooling systems. The seasonal slowdown is underway, at least for some of the farm’s rolling stock and motorized equipment. This does not equate to an idle period for the farm manager, who is responsible for maintaining the engines of agriculture …

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The Impact of Shade on Cattle Performance in the Florida Panhandle

Figure 1. Feedlot steer experiencing heat stress. (Photo by Carl Dahlen, NDSU). Lautaro Rostoll, Jose Dubeux, and Nicolas DiLorenzo, University of Florida NFREC Cattle producers in the Southeast have often asked questions about the need for shade, and its impact on performance.  While plenty of information is available on heat stress on cattle fed finishing …

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Update on Pecan Cultivar Evaluation Trial in North Florida

The pecan (Carya illinoenensis, family Juglandaceae) is native to the Mississippi floodplain of North America. The pecan tree requires deep soils with an abundant supply of soil moisture. A large mature pecan tree can transpire 500-1,000 gallons of water per day.  The climate of the native range of pecan is characterized by long, hot humid …

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