Tag Archive: Florida

Preparing Exhibits for the North Florida Fair

Fairs are often the highlight of the 4-H year. From a youth development perspective, fairs provide an opportunity for 4-H members to demonstrate new knowledge, abilities, skills and attitudes. When youth, parents and volunteers work together, fairs are a great way for youth to learn and also be recognized for their efforts. Being properly prepared …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/24/preparing-exhibits-for-the-north-florida-fair/

Florida Native Plants: Beautyberry

This autumn you may notice shrubs with long, arching branches sporting clusters of shiny purple berries. That beautiful sight is the Beautyberry, or Callicarpa americana. This native is found throughout Florida and the southern United States, west into Texas and north to Tennessee and Virginia. Beautyberry in the fall. Photo credit: Mary Derrick, UF IFAS Extension. In …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/21/florida-native-plants-beautyberry/

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 …

Continue reading »

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

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/27/mehlich-3-improved-soil-testing-for-florida-growers/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/23/florida-wildflowers-narrowleaf-sunflower/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/16/start-thinking-about-muscadines-a-native-northwest-florida-fruit/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/13/florida-cattle-id-rule-now-in-effect/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/13/south-florida-beef-reproduction-school-october-6-9/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/13/spider-mites-in-west-florida-peanuts/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/13/white-sugarcane-aphid-spreading-across-north-florida/

Older posts «