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Mehlich 3: Improved Soil Testing for Florida Growers

Soil testing is a critical component of modern agriculture.  Photo by Judy Ludlow There has been a change in the testing procedure at the UF/IFAS Lab which analyzes the nutrient profile of Florida’s soils. The Extension Soil Testing Laboratory (ESTL) has replaced the Mehlich 1 (M1) test with the Mehlich 3 (M3) test, but the …

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Florida Wildflowers: Narrowleaf Sunflower

In the midst of your September strolls through natural Florida, you may come across this native beauty, the narrowleaf sunflower, Helianthus angustifolius. Another common name is swamp sunflower. I found this gorgeous patch in the photo close to the shore of Apalachicola Bay. It occurs throughout Florida and north throughout much of the eastern United …

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Start Thinking about Muscadines: A Native Northwest Florida Fruit

Prolific producing muscadine cultivar ‘Granny Val’ – Image Credit Dr. Peter C. Andersen Mother always said “never be late” but in the case of certain muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia) cultivars, it’s good to be late. Although muscadine harvest can begin as early as July, gardeners with late bearing muscadines are still reaping the benefits of fruit …

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Florida Cattle ID Rule Now in Effect

The Cattle Identification Rule (Chapter 5C-31, Florida Administrative Code) has been published with an effective date of September 4, 2014. This rule is intended to improve our ability to respond to serious disease outbreaks and to help the industry maintain out-of-state markets. The rule will require cattle 18 months of age or older moving within …

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South Florida Beef Reproduction School October 6-9

Alvin C. Warnick Beef Reproductive Management School Buck Island – MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center, 300 Buck Island Ranch Rd. Lake Placid, FL October 6-9, 2014 4 The South Florida Beef-Forage Program is proud to host the Alvin C. Warnick Reproductive Management Course, sponsored by the UF/IFAS Florida Cooperative Extension Service and conducted in conjunction with …

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Spider Mites in West Florida Peanuts

At this time of year, most producers are thinking about finishing their peanut crops and harvesting, but because of the late start to the season, there are still some management decisions left to be made. Northwest Florida has not had steady rains the past 6 weeks, leading to perfect conditions for spider mites: hot and …

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White Sugarcane Aphid Spreading Across North Florida

A new aphid pest of sorghum has rapidly spread throughout north Florida this summer. Last year the white sugarcane aphid was reported causing damage in Texas, Louisiana, and in the western part of Mississippi. It has now moved eastward into Alabama, north Florida, and Georgia. The aphid was first identified in Santa Rosa County on …

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2014 Florida Organic Cost Share Program

Photo credit: IFAS Archive Funding Announcement The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2014 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors …

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Bulls Have Arrived for the 15th Annual Florida Bull Test

Bulls arriving and settling in for the 15th Florida Bull Test.  Photo by Cliff Lamb For the 15th year, the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) is hosting the Florida Bull Test. This year, of the 119 bulls nominated, 102 bulls were received on July 30, 2014. After a three-week adaptation period, bulls will …

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West Florida Field Corn Variety Tour July 29

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014 • 10:00 AM – Noon UF/IFAS WEST FLORIDA RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER 4253 Experiment Road – Highway 182 Jay, Florida 32565 The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will be hosting a Field Corn Variety Tour on Tuesday, July 29th, at the West Florida Research Education Center near Jay, Florida.  The event …

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