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Potential Whitefly Outbreak threatens Florida Crops and Landscapes

Brad Buck, UF/IFAS Communications Situation The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant  tropical and subtropical pest, may threaten Florida crops such as tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals if immediate measures are not taken to prevent its spread. Scientists statewide, including those with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/28/potential-whitefly-outbreak-threatens-florida-crops-and-landscapes/

North Florida Peach Variety Meeting May 31

Peach trees full of fruit. UF/IFAS file photo Researchers at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center have established a variety evaluation trial for peach trees with better adaptation to Florida’s climate.  There will be an informal meeting to share information on these new peach varieties, as well as general cultural and management practices …

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Sea Turtles in the Florida Panhandle

  Florida has the highest number of sea turtles of any state in the continental US. Three species are common here including loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles. The Federal Endangered Species Act lists all of sea turtles in Florida as either threatened or endangered. Sea turtle nesting season for the area began May 1, 2016. …

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Spiderwort: A Troublesome Weed Invading North Florida Hay Fields and Pastures

Bermudagrass hayfield with spiderwort spreading from infested road right-of-way in Jackson County. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Michael Durham, Jason Ferrell, and Brent Sellers Figure 1. Spiderwort can be easily identified by its clusters of colorful flowers with three petals. Photo credit: Michael Durham Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis Raf.) is a native perennial species found throughout the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/29/spiderwort-a-troublesome-weed-invading-north-florida-hay-fields-and-pastures/

Ashe Magnolia, Rare Beauty of the Florida Panhandle

The huge flowers and leaves of Ashe magnolia make it one of my favorite native flowering trees. Individual flowers may be 6 – 12 inches in diameter and are white with purple blotches at the bases of the 3 inner petal-like tepals. When in flower, as they are now in April, the huge white blooms …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/21/ashe-magnolia-rare-beauty-of-the-florida-panhandle/

Experience the Mountains in Northwest Florida

Mountain laurel. Photo credit: Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Extension. If you are lucky enough to live on the southern Alabama edge of northwest Florida, you may want to see if you can find mountain laurel blooming now near the wooded creeks.  Its native range stretches from southern Maine south to northern Florida, just dipping into our …

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March Florida Cattle Market Report

The August 2016 Feeder Cattle futures contract declined by $ 1.30 cwt. during March. Based on this futures price decrease, August Feeder Cattle revenues decreased by approximately $ 9.75/hd. ($ 1.30/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 650.00 per truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract low, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/09/march-florida-cattle-market-report/

Florida Beef Cattle Short Course May 4-6

65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course May 4 – 6, 2016 Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center 2142 Shealy Drive Gainesville, Florida 32611 The 2016 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course Program Committee and the Department of Animal Sciences welcome you to this year’s Short Course. We look forward to this week every year in anticipation …

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NISAW 2016 – Working together to remove Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) from Northwest Florida

  Giant Salvinia mats completely covering Bay County pond. This fast growing invasive can double in size every week! Photo by L. Scott Jackson   Matthew Phillips and Scott Jackson – UF/IFAS Extension and Research works with many partners supporting invasive species management actions and strategies across Florida. One key partner is the Florida Fish & …

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NISAW 2016 – Beach Vitex in the Florida Panhandle

This yard on Pensacola Beach has become over run by vitex. Photo courtesy of Rick O’Connor. In 2013 we began writing about a potential invasive plant in the Florida panhandle called Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia). The first record we knew of was reported from Pensacola Beach and was posted on EDDmaps.org. According to this website …

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