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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/

Peanuts Hit Hard by Nematodes this Year

A field in Jackson County with root-knot nematode damage all the way across. Photo: Josh Thompson A hot and dry summer for many Panhandle farmers has given no relief from pests this year. Peanut root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne arenaria) are no an exception. Damage from nematodes has been severe in many areas of Jackson County where the fields are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/13/peanuts-hit-hard-by-nematodes-this-year/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/02/insect-problems-accelerate-this-week-in-crops/

New UF Publications added to EDIS this Summer

EDIS is the University of Florida’s Official website with fact sheets available to download on a wide variety of topics for free. The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/12/new-uf-publications-added-to-edis-this-summer/

Crop Planting Resumed this Week

Planting cotton in Bascom, FL. Photo: J. Thompson Its prime time for cotton and peanut planting, but the excessive rainfall last week brought planting to a halt. Some growers in the northeast corner of Jackson County, where soils are very sandy, were able to begin planting again this week. The rest of the region is still pretty …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/10/crop-planting-resumed-this-week/

Santa Rosa County Ag Suffers Loss from Floods this Week

A flooded field in Santa Rosa County, FL. Photo by Mike Donahoe. Initial surveys by Extension Agriculture Agents and USDA personnel revealed significant damage to agricultural interests in Santa Rosa County from this week’s flood. Rainfall throughout the county was highly variable ranging from 6 to 20+ inches during the April 29-30 event. Fortunately, amounts …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/03/santa-rosa-county-ag-suffers-loss-from-floods-this-week/

Add This Shrub for an Edible Landscape!

Darrow’s Blueberry with spring blooms. Photo credit Mary Derrick UF IFAS. A blueberry bush as a landscape shrub? Yes! Darrow’s blueberry, Vaccinium darrowii, is closely related to the other blueberries you know and love, but this little gem of a shrub is highly ornamental and will fit in with any landscape scheme. This compact shrub …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/15/add-this-shrub-for-an-edible-landscape/

Titi In Bloom This Spring

    Black Titi in bloom. Flower clusters upright at tips of branches. An excellent source of nectar and pollen for honey production. Image: Alex Bolques  Black Titi (also known as Spring Titi or Buckwheat Tree (Cliftonia monophylla (Lam.) Britton ex Sarg. is a native shrub or tree that can be found growing along streams and boggy …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/25/titi-in-bloom-this-spring/

Cattle Rations Short on Energy this Winter

2013 was certainly a rough year for hay production in the Southeast; first it was too dry to produce enough hay to cut, then too wet to make a quality cutting of hay.  As a result, most ranchers harvested over mature, low quality hay at the end of the growing season.  Poor quality hay causes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/08/cattle-rations-short-on-energy-this-winter/

Protect Your Herd from Grass Tetany this Winter

Cattle grazing on cool season forages can be at risk of grass tetany.  Photo Credit:  Doug Mayo Grass tetany is a potentially deadly condition in cattle and sheep grazing on small grains or ryegrass.  Grass tetany is a condition associated with reduced magnesium levels in the blood, and can be a serious problem for cattle and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/01/25/protect-your-herd-from-grass-tetany-this-winter/

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