Tag Archive: Problems

National Estuaries Week! – Problems in Our Bays

The red area indicates where dissolved oxygen levels are low. I don’t want this to sound like a “Debbie Downer”… but there are problems with our estuaries and panhandle residents should be aware of them. There are things you can do to correct them – which we will discuss in the final issues of this …

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Insect Problems in the Heat of Summer

Florida soft scale. Photo credit: UF/IFAS. Scale insects are one of the most serious problems homeowners face on ornamentals this time of year.  The most common are armored scale, soft scale, and mealybugs.   They cause damage by sucking plant fluids from the leaves, stems, and sometimes roots.  Some species feed on the underside of the …

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Florida’s Wildlife Conservations Policy for Predicted Coastal Habitat Loss Problems

“Within the past five years, nine of the 14 villages in Nunavik in northernmost Quebec have had to install cooling systems at community ice hockey arenas to keep the rinks cold during winter.“– The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions Have you wondered how Florida’s wildlife conservation policy planners and habitat managers are responding …

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Insect Problems Accelerate this Week in Crops

Mark Mauldin, Washington County agent finding beet armyworms and soybean loopers. Photo: Josh Thompson It’s been a busy week for insect pests, especially caterpillars. It seems that every square mile in Jackson and surrounding counties has armyworms in it right now; including pastures, hayfields, peanuts, soybeans, lawns and anywhere in between. In addition to armyworms …

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Watch Out For Tomato Problems

Healthy, Developing Tomato. Image Credit Matthew Orwat One of the most common tomato problem home gardeners encounter in the late spring and early summer is blossom end rot. The good news is that blossom end rot can be prevented with the use of drip irrigation and adequate fertilization.  Since tomatoes need a consistent supply of …

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Recent Rains Exacerbate Pesky Palm Problems

Palms can be difficult to manage in Northwest Florida.  To have healthy palms it is important to think about possible cold temperatures, disease, and nutrient needs of palms.  The panhandle of Florida was blasted with cold this winter and it is easy to see the effects on the palms.  There are many palms throughout Northwest …

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Handling Lawn and Landscape Problems after a Storm

After severe weather of any kind, homeowners must often spend a considerable amount of time dealing with impacts to their landscapes.  Below are a few lessons we have learned from hurricanes and tropical storms in the past. Many thanks to fellow agent Beth Bolles for her contributions to this article. Dealing with Toppled Trees It …

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Heavy Rains Cause Fertility Problems for Farmers & Ranchers

The National Weather Service estimates July 2013 rainfall  ranged from 6-22″ across the Panhandle Josh Thompson, Regional Agronomy IPM Agent & Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director The country music singer, Alan Jackson, has a song titled, “Too much of a good thing, is a good thing.” Normally, that is right, but the excessive rains …

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Excessive Rain Creates Many Problems for Growers

Flooded cotton field In recent days, farms in several central and western panhandle counties have received exceptional amounts of rainfall. Some areas reported as much as 25 inches of rain in the last week.  Excessive rain and the accompanying flooding will cause a variety of problems for producers. Extreme cases of flooding can cause crops …

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