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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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Chikungunya Arbovirus – A New Mosquito Borne Illness in Florida

The Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, one of the two Chikungunya vectors in Florida. Photo by Sean McCann, UF/IFAS Florida Mosquito Database Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.   It is also called “contorted fever” or “that which bends up.” The virus is cycled between mosquitoes and humans, and there is no …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/19/chikungunya-arbovirus-a-new-mosquito-borne-illness-in-florida/

Florida Betony: Both Edible Native and Weed

Florida Betony (Stachys floridana), commonly called rattlesnake weed, is a Florida native plant. It’s thought to have been confined to Florida until it was moved to other Southeastern states during the 1940s or 1950s in nursery containers. It is now found from Texas to North Carolina. Its square stems are characteristic of the mint family …

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