Tag Archive: Crop

Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy

The bright blossoms of the tung oil tree come from the center of new growth. Photo by Jed Dillard The highway from Monticello to Tallahassee (US 90) is famous for its summer blooming crape myrtle trees donated by nurseryman Fred Mahan. This month, there’s another historic tree flowering along that highway, as well as in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/28/tung-trees-historic-crop-toxic-legacy/

2015 Panhandle Crop Meeting March 5

The 2015 Panhandle Crop Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5th, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Ave., Marianna, FL. Registration opens at 7:15 AM (Central) and concludes at noon with a sponsored lunch. The Panhandle Crop Meeting will consist of an array of presentations from extension specialists from the University of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/07/2015-panhandle-crop-meeting-march-5/

Crop Rotation May Determine the Profitability of Peanuts in 2015

In the Sod-Based Crop Rotation Project at NFREC Marianna, the 160 acre field is divided in quadrants and rotated with 2 years of bahiagrass, followed by a year of peanuts and then a year of cotton.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo Jim Marois and David Wright, UF/IFAS NFREC Agronomy Research It is not good idea to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/31/crop-rotation-may-determine-the-profitability-of-peanuts-in-2015/

Farm Bill Decision Deadlines for Row Crop Farmers

  Every row crop farmer has some decisions to make regarding new programs outlined in the 2014 Farm Bill.  The following are the final deadline dates for several key decisions.  Due to the large number of farms in the region that will be needing help with these decisions, it would be advisable to make appointments …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/17/farm-bill-decision-deadlines-for-row-crop-farmers/

2014 Farm Bill Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers

Source: USDA Farm Service Agency Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)  for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/12/20/2014-farm-bill-provides-greater-protection-for-specialty-crop-growers/

Sesame Production: A New Crop for Florida

Growers Randall Dasher and Jerry Goff at a sesame field in McAlpin, FL.  Photo credit:  Diane Rowland For the past four years, Dr. Diane Rowland, a Crop Physiologist with the UF Agronomy Department, and Elena Toro, Agriculture Extension Agent in Suwannee County have been researching and working with growers on sesame production in Florida. In …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/10/sesame-production-a-new-crop-for-florida/

Pigweed Suppression Using a Ryegrass Cover Crop

Photo 1.  The portion of pasture that was over-seeded with ryegrass provided suppression of pigweed. Dr. Henry Grant, County Extension Director, Gadsden County Extension Service Annually, variety recommendations are given to livestock producers for planting cool season grasses such as oats, rye, and ryegrass as a standard to provide winter and spring forage for their …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/16/pigweed-suppression-using-a-ryegrass-cover-crop/

Wiregrass Field Crop Field Day August 22

2014 Field Crops Field Day Friday, August 22, 2014 Registration 8:00 a.m. Field Tour Starts 8:30 a.m. Wiregrass Research & Extension Center – Headland,AL Sponsored meal will be served at Noon. Pesticide Points and CCA Points available to attendees. Held cooperatively by Auburn University, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.   …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/09/wiregrass-field-crop-field-day-august-22/

Crop Planting Resumed this Week

Planting cotton in Bascom, FL. Photo: J. Thompson Its prime time for cotton and peanut planting, but the excessive rainfall last week brought planting to a halt. Some growers in the northeast corner of Jackson County, where soils are very sandy, were able to begin planting again this week. The rest of the region is still pretty …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/10/crop-planting-resumed-this-week/

Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground

Rolling down rye cover crop on April 1st held saturated soil in place during heavy rains .  Photo by Jed Dillard It wasn’t raining on April 1st, when the inaugural Florida Soil Health and Cover Crop tour was heald.  Participants heard descriptions of the value of a winter cover crop , such as cereal rye, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/03/rye-cover-crop-holds-saturated-ground/

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