Tag Archive: Water

Friday Funny: Cold Water Clean

A man went to visit his 90 year old uncle who lived on a very secluded farm in the Florida Panhandle. He had not seen his uncle in over 20 years, because the uncle only left the farm for groceries and doctor’s appointments, and never ventured far from his farm.  The two men spent hours …

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Why Should I Try to Protect Florida’s Water?

Contrary to popular belief, stormwater runoff—not industrial discharge—is the primary source of water pollution in Florida.  During a rain, anything on the ground can be picked up, carried via water, and taken downstream to the nearest body of water.  While newer construction projects require stormwater treatment (including detention ponds or newer techniques such as pervious pavement and …

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Ways to Water Safety

Do you know how to properly fit a life jacket?  Photo credit Washington County Extension. Like Dr. Seuss said, “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”  With over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways, 4,136 miles of beaches, coastlines, and shorelines, and 4,308 square miles of total water area, Floridians …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/24/ways-to-water-safety/

Water Smarts To Keep Kids Safe

Photo Credit: Vicki Vargason On June 20, 2015, a two-year-old boy in Bay County, Florida, drowned in his family’s above-ground pool after being able to get out of the house undetected. Drowning is a very real risk for young children, especially in Florida. Drowning is quick and silent. A child can drown in less than …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/26/water-smarts-to-keep-kids-safe/

Reducing Water Demand for Agriculture

Sod-based rotation field under a center pivot at the NFREC-Marianna taken May 28, 2015. Peanuts are in the upper right, 2 year old bahia grass is in the upper left, and 1 year old bahia grass is in the lower left. Cotton is in the forefront. Photo credit: David Wright. Dan Dourte, Ron Bartel, Sheeja …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/12/reducing-water-demand-for-agriculture/

Cotton Irrigation Scheduling App Saves Water & Money

Irrigation and nitrogen fertilizer are keys to producing high yielding cotton. New scheduling tools being tested at Southeastern Universities may help farmers utilize these valuable inputs more efficiently. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Brendan Zurweller and Diane Rowland, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department There are many challenges facing cotton growers in the southeast, but this year it will …

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Florida’s Valuable Water Resources and the Importance of Irrigation Efficiency

  Center Pivot Irrigation on Panhandle Peanuts. Photo credit: Mark Miles Competition for Water Resources in Florida In a state like Florida, where rivers, lakes, and springs abound, there seems to be no shortage of water.  Annual precipitation ranges from 45 inches in Clewiston to 69 inches in Milton (http://www.usclimatedata.com/) with typical rainfall patterns of …

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Have a Wonderful Summer in the Water

Have a Wonderful Summer in the Water With the recent official start of Summer water related activities are in full swing. When you and your loved ones are around the water it is important to know the basic safety and survival skills. Water-safety survival skills: floating or treading water for one minute without a flotation …

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Keep Water and Nutrients in the Root Zone

Fig 1. Appropriate irrigation cycle length with drip tubing in a plasticulture bed. Summer is rapidly approaching and irrigation demands by vegetable crops will be greatly increasing. Many areas of the Panhandle are blessed with well-drained soils, which are great during wet periods, but can be challenging to manage the water and nutrients provided to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/25/keep-water-and-nutrients-in-the-root-zone/

Invasive Species of the Day (March 4th): Benghal Dayflower, Chinese Tallow, Water Hyacinth

March 4th: Benghal Dayflower (Commelina benghalensis), Chinese Tallow (Sapium sebiferum), & Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes):   Benghal Dayflower Photo by Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia Benghal Dayflower (Commelina benghalensis): Also called Tropical spiderwort, is an invasive weed that creeps into nurseries, lawns, pastures and crop fields.  It was first observed in the early 1990’s in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/04/invasive-species-of-the-day-march-4th-benghal-dayflower-chinese-tallow-water-hyacinth/

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