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Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season

I had to do a hard thing last week.  My battle-worn okra, eggplant and pepper plants that had produced so reliably since June and endured all the summertime challenges (heat, insects, disease, and a hurricane to name a few) were finally pulled out of my raised bed garden and discarded.  A combination of lowered yields, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/10/readying-your-raised-beds-for-northwest-floridas-best-gardening-season/

Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures

Fall is the best time to apply herbicides for blackberry briar control. Credit: Brent Sellers Brent Sellers and Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Weed Extension Specialists There are numerous briar or Rubus species (blackberry and dewberry) in the Southeastern U.S., many of which are found in Florida. Blackberry is common in most Florida pastures and can be overlooked …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/09/22/fall-herbicide-applications-are-best-for-blackberry-control-in-pastures/

Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?

Even with significantly higher seed prices in 2017, ryegrass still provides excellent return on investment for winter grazing in the Southeast. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Source:  UGA Forage Extension Team Adam Speir, UGA Madison County Extension Director, and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA State Forage Extension Specialist If you haven’t priced annual ryegrass seed yet, I’d …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/18/winter-annual-forage-seed-costs-what-is-the-best-deal/

Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers

On August 10th, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa and Escambia County Extension hosted a field day covering moisture monitoring, cover crops, and best management practices at Mickey Diamond’s Farm.  Through a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Practice (BMP) mini-grant, UF/IFAS Extension, FDACS, and NRCS have been able to examine how cover crops …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/11/moisture-monitoring-cover-crops-and-best-management-practices-for-crop-farmers/

Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day – August 10

Please join us on the morning of August 10th for a Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day hosted by UF/IFAS Santa Rosa Extension.  The event will take place from 8:00 am to 9:30 at Mickey Diamond’s Farm: 3270 Scarborough Road near Jay, Florida. The following topics will be covered: Soil Moisture Sensor Project Overview …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/04/moisture-monitoring-cover-crops-and-best-management-practices-field-day-august-10/

Safety and Best Management Practices Essential for Pesticide Use

Many folks may not realize it at first, but everyone is using pesticides. Have you recently used a mold or mildew removal cleaner in your bathroom? Do you apply flea & tick powder to your pet? It is a misconception that only farmers, ranchers and lawn and garden enthusiasts are pesticide users. So, let’s all keep safety in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/01/safety-and-best-management-practices-essential-for-pesticide-use/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/22/honey-bee-health-best-management-strategies-august-30th/

Leyland Cypress…not the best choice

Photo Credit: Ed Gilman, UF/IFAS Leyland cypress, x Cupressocyparis leylandii, has been hugely popular over the past 20 years as an ornamental landscape tree. It has the reputation of being a beautiful evergreen that can grow at a rate of up to 3 to 4 feet per year. Sounds like the perfect option for someone looking to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/19/leyland-cypressnot-the-best-choice/

Jefferson Grazing Series to Focus on Best Management Practices

Learn how to make the grass greener on YOUR side of the fence! Photo by Jed Dillard Effective grazing management is a dynamic dance between maximizing animal performance and maintaining healthy pastures, preventing erosion and maintaining water quality. Join us on Tuesday, July 15 for the next session of the Jefferson Grazing Series. We’ll learn …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/12/jefferson-grazing-series-to-focus-on-best-management-practices/

Making the Best of a Bad Situation – Storing Large Round Hay Bales Outside

Just because you don’t have a barn doesn’t mean you have to leave your hay unprotected. Picture credit Jed Dillard When large round hay bales came along, those of us who had cut our agricultural teeth on stacking small square bales thought we’d never need to put hay bales in a stifling hot barn again. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/31/making-the-best-of-a-bad-situation-storing-large-round-hay-bales-outside/

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