Tag Archive: Pastures

Temporary Pastures Can Hide Ugly Surprises

Coffee weed in a loafing area adjacent to winter grazing. Nightshade and crotalaria are even more toxic. Photo credit: Jed Dillard Using row crop land for cool season grazing is one of the great opportunities for North Florida livestock operations. Early crops come out in time to allow seedbed preparation for planting, and late harvested …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/17/temporary-pastures-can-hide-ugly-surprises/

Scout Pastures for Toxic Perilla Mint this Fall

Perilla mint in a pasture in Jackson County. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Documented distribution of perilla mint in Florida. Source: Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants. Perilla mint (perilla frutescnes) aka Beefstakeplant is a toxic weed that typically grows in shady, to partially shaded areas, damp spots, woodland edges, and  fence-lines of pastures in the Southeast. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/20/scout-pastures-for-toxic-perilla-mint-this-fall/

Start Preparing for Winter Pastures

Replacement heifers on cool-season forages, Dec. 6, 2013 at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Marianna, FL. Photo credit: Jose Dubeux. Jose Dubeux – NFREC Forage Management Spcialist  dubeux@ufl.edu Cool-season forages are a viable option for North Florida. They extend the grazing season by providing high quality forage to enhance livestock performance. There …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/05/start-preparing-for-winter-pastures/

Goatweed Spreading West: Found in Holmes County Pastures

Goatweed in Holmes County Pasture – photo by Shep Eubanks Recently on a visit to a local cattleman’s pasture, I identified Goatweed (Scoparia dulcis) for the first time in Holmes County.  This weed has been gradually moving west in the Panhandle (Photo 1 below) with recent identifications over the last few years in Jackson and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/22/goatweed-spreading-west-found-in-holmes-county-pastures/

Thistle Control in Pastures

Thistle that has began to bolt. Photo credit: Jay Ferrell This is a time when most people are not thinking about pasture maintenance, but right now is when thistles are the most susceptible to control efforts. In January/February, most thistles are still in the rosette stage (a small ring of leaves on top of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/22/thistle-control-in-pastures/

What is the Best Grass for Pastures in the Panhandle?

A Brangus bull grazing Tifton 9 bahiagrass. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo Spring is here, and the number of calls that come in to the local Extension Office increases dramatically with the warmer weather.  One question that often comes this time of year is “What grass I should plant for a pasture?”  Whether this a new …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/21/what-is-the-best-grass-for-pastures-in-the-panhandle/

Weed Control in Winter Pastures

Wild radish, commonly referred to as wild mustard can become a serious weed problem in winter pastures. It is time to begin scouting fields so that herbicide applications can be made prior to flowering. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Dr. Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Extension Weed Specialist & Dr. Brent Sellers, UF/IFAS Extension Weed Specialist Many cattle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/12/14/weed-control-in-winter-pastures/

Yellowing in Bahiagrass Pastures

Yellowing in bahiagrass hay field Yellowing in bahiagrass pastures may be caused by micro-nutrient deficiencies associated with a high pH ( greater than 7.0) or soil borne insects associated with a low pH (less than 5.0).  The target pH for bahiagrass pastures is 5.5 with an acceptable range of 5.0-6.5. A soil pH of less …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/04/yellowing-in-bahiagrass-pastures/

Mosquitos Swarming Pastures After Heavy Rains

Standing water in pastures herald the beginning of mosquito season for livestock. Weeks of consistent above normal rains have filled farm ponds, ditches, swamps and anything else which will hold water.  While this is a positive trend for the water table and minimized, if not eliminates, the need for irrigation, there is a down side. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/08/10/mosquitos-swarming-pastures-after-heavy-rains/

Managing Fireweed In Pastures

Closeup of fireweed leaves. Photo from from the UF/IFAS Publication, Fireweed (Heartleaf nettle) Control in Pastures By Mindy Hittle-McNair, Walton County Extension Agent There is a problematic winter annual found on bare-ground, along tree lines, and under fences.  Urtica chamaedryoides commonly called fireweed, heartleaf nettle, weak nettle, or ortiguilla is a native Florida species. This …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/01/11/managing-fireweed-in-pastures/

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