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Pollination of Vegetable Crops – Maximize Your Crop’s Potential

Corn tassels at the top provide the pollen needed to produce the perfect ear of corn on the stalk below. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones. It won’t be long until row crops and vegetable gardens are planted and thriving once again next spring. A sometimes taken for granted, yet critical element of any prosperous crop …

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UGA Decision Aids can Help Farmers Decide What Crops to Plant in 2016

2015 was a very challenging year for Panhandle row crop farmers with the double whammy of low commodity prices and unfavorable weather.  As a result, many farmers are uncertain as to what crops to plant for the coming year. The University of Georgia has a nice tool or decision aid that provides estimated returns on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/30/uga-decision-aids-can-help-farmers-decide-what-crops-to-plant-in-2016/

Pollination of Vegetable Crops to Maximize Your Crop’s Potential

Corn tassels at the top provide the pollen needed to produce the perfect ear of corn on the stalk below. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones. It won’t be long until row crops and vegetable gardens are planted and thriving once again next spring. A sometimes taken for granted, yet critical element of any prosperous crop …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/23/pollination-of-vegetable-crops-to-maximize-your-crops-potential/

Cover Crops can Boost the Fertility of Subsequent Cash Crops

Pearl Millet in bloom. Photo Credit: Danielle Treadwell, UF/IFAS Fall crops are the focus of many small farmers in Florida this time of year, but it would be prudent to take a peak forward and start planning for the spring season. Many small farmers that sell directly to consumers at venues like farmers markets and …

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Crops in Season

Geographic conditions have a major impact on the growing season of any given area. Florida is indeed blessed to have such diverse and healthy growing times. In fact, Florida is one of the few states divided into three plant and hardiness zones (south, central, and north), allowing Florida produce to be successfully grown somewhere in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/02/crops-in-season/

The Diamondback Moth: A Major Pest of Cole Crops

Adult diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus). Credit: Lyle Buss, University of Florida Matt Lollar, Jackson County Horticulture Agent Diamondback moths were recently discovered in a greenhouse crop of arugula in Jackson County, and they may soon be moving to a field near you.  Diamondback moths can be detrimental to cole crops. Adults are approximately ¼ …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/15/the-diamondback-moth-a-major-pest-of-cole-crops/

New Thrips-Transmitted Plant Viruses in Florida Crops

Figure 1. Tomato chlorotic spot virus symptoms on a young tomato plant. Photo Credit Joe Funderburk Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, Quincy and Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, FL Tospoviruses are a group of plant infecting viruses that cause economically significant crop losses worldwide. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is the original …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/28/new-thrips-transmitted-plant-viruses-in-florida-crops/

Vegetable Crops Management Class October 24-25

The University of Florida will provide an introductory commercial vegetable crop production course. The Vegetable Crops Management Class will be held at the North Florida Research and Education Center located in Quincy, Florida on Friday, October 24, 2014 beginning at 4:00PM Eastern Time, and ending at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Topics to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/20/vegetable-crops-management-class-october-24-25/

Vegetable Crops for Fall Color

Color can make a landscape.  Color highlights features of the landscape and draws the eye as a focal point itself.  Spring color is dominated by lush new green growth, Summer brings on flowers of all kind, and fall brings the spectacular show of foliage. Important! A new suggestion: use vegetable crops as fall color! Fall …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/12/vegetable-crops-for-fall-color/

Insect Problems Accelerate this Week in Crops

Mark Mauldin, Washington County agent finding beet armyworms and soybean loopers. Photo: Josh Thompson It’s been a busy week for insect pests, especially caterpillars. It seems that every square mile in Jackson and surrounding counties has armyworms in it right now; including pastures, hayfields, peanuts, soybeans, lawns and anywhere in between. In addition to armyworms …

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