Panhandle Agriculture

Webinar: Farmers Making a Smart Choice for Health Insurance

Date: January 28, 2015 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 Eastern Time (12:00-1:30 pm CT) Presented by national expert: Dr. Roberta Riportella, Kansas State University Extension A panel of experts have been invited to answer questions, including: IRS SBA Participants will learn how the Affordable Care Act affects farm/ranch families as individuals (consumers), as business operators, and …

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Webinar: Public Opinion of Florida Consumers of GMO Food

Public opinion of genetically modified food January 28 – 1:00 to 2:00 Eastern Time (12;00-1:00 Central) What do Floridians think about genetically modified food?  Do Floridians know which foods contain genetically modified ingredients?  Do Floridians plan to purchase genetically modified foods in the future?  Join this session to learn the answers to these questions and more about …

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AgSave$ Summit: Securing Your Farm’s Financial Future February 23

Ag Save$ is a new initiative to provide personal financial education for farmers and ranchers in Florida.   We would like to personally invite you and your family to the 2015 AgSave$ Summit.  This kickoff event for the new AgSave$ initiative aims to help farm families address important financial issues, such as estate planning, succession planning, …

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Fireweed: a Pasture Weed that will Light You Up!

Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides) photo by Brent Sellers Fireweed is growing well in the Panhandle and I have had a couple of calls this week regarding this plant. This winter annual stinging nettle will definitely light you up! I remember the first time I ever encountered Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides) while working on fence adjacent to my dad’s …

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Wiregrass Beef & Forage Field Day March 6

Registration – 8:00 a.m. Welcome – Mr. Larry Wells (Wiregrass REC, Director) Beef Industry Update – Dr. Billy Powell (AL Cattlemen’s Association, Exec. Director) Farm Service Agency Update – Mr. Bobby Beasley (County Executive Director) Wiregrass REC Tour – Mr. Brian Gamble (Wiregrass REC, Associate Director) “Pasture & Hay Field Forages” – Dr. Jennifer Johnson …

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Common Bermudagrass Control in Peanuts with Fusilade or Select

Common bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) is a mat-forming perennial that can be found just about anywhere in the southeastern US – from roadsides to production fields. This weed is very well adapted to the South and persists in areas with a variety of soil textures, soil pH, and fertility levels. Although common bermudagrass can be beneficial …

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Winter Burns Benefit Bermudagrass Hay Fields

Controlled burn of a Bermudagrass Hayfield – Photo by Shep Eubanks Now is an excellent time to begin planning controlled burns of bermudagrass hay fields in north Florida.  Weather conditions in late January and February are typically our best for getting a good controlled burn, especially with the recent hard cold weather that we have …

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Panhandle Ag e-News 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards

The Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team thanks you for subscribing to Panhandle Ag e-News this past year. 2014 was an even more successful year for this electronic newsletter project. Our subscriber list increased from 2,775 at the beginning of 2014 to 3,393 in 2015 (22% growth).  Last year we had 68,571 total web page views as …

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Pasture Soil Fertility Essential to Prevent Broomsedge Infestations

Broomsedge bluestem goes by many common names; broom grass, broom sage, sage brush, etc. No matter the name it is a sign of poor soil fertility. Broomsedge bluestem, or Andropogon virginicus L. is quite conspicuous this time of year. Its tall stems are the most noticeable feature in many fields. While these tall stems blowing in …

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Choosing the Correct Liming Material

Now may be a good time of year to apply lime to your soil. Photo credit, Stoltz Mfg., LLC Morgantown, PA Based upon the recommendations of a reputable soil pH report, this time of year may be a good time to apply lime to your soil. Depending on the crop you are planting, recommended liming …

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