Panhandle Agriculture

Friday Funny: How Dry is It?

The Florida Panhandle, like a large portion of the Southeast is experiencing serious drought this fall. While drought is hardly a laughing matter, humor does have a way of easing the anxiety.  The following are just a few jokes to share with friends and neighbors as you discuss the current drought. It’s So Dry When …

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Enrollment Open for 2017 ARC & PLC USDA Farm Bill Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini has announced that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices to sign contracts and …

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December Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle developed a basic management calendar for cattle producers in the region.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, …

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November Weather Summary and Winter Outlook

National Weather Service estimates of rainfall totals for November 2016. November was a very dry month across the Florida Panhandle.  For a good portion of the region the limited rain that fell came on November 30, the very last day of the month from a single cold front.  For the month, the vast majority of …

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Should You Cull Cows that Prolapse from Your Herd?

Prolapses occur occasionally in beef cows near calving time. Uterine prolapses are most likely to occur at or shortly after calving, whereas vaginal prolapses occur before the calving process begins. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Prolapses occur occasionally in beef cows. Most prolapses occur around calving time. …

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Understanding and Applying Bull Performance Data – January 10

Selecting the right bull(s) is a key component to the success of any cattle operation. Understanding and Applying Performance Data is a class designed to help cattlemen effectively utilize the data that is available to them. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Bull selection is one of the fastest ways for a cattleman to change the quality …

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Cotton Marketing News: 2016 Situation Update and 2017 Crop Outlook

The 2016 US crop may still be somewhat of a question mark but USDA’s November numbers provided clarity on a few things—the crop got smaller in some areas as expected and the crop still got bigger overall. The North Carolina and South Carolina crops were reduced by a total of 95,000 bales.  The Georgia crop …

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Is it Too Late to Plant Winter Grazing?

Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist A number of livestock producers have been asking about making late plantings of winter annuals for forage. I recently updated an older factsheet that I wrote in 2007 with Dr. Don Ball, now Professor Emeritus at Auburn University. This factsheet, entitled Late Plantings of Winter Annual Forages, provides more details …

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Weed Control During Drought

Backpack Sprayer in Cogongrass. Photo by Jennifer Bearden Herbicide failures are common during extended dry periods. This is frustrating for the pesticide applicator due to wasted time and chemicals.  There are logical reasons why certain herbicides fail during droughts. There are two main reasons why herbicides fail in drought situations: Less herbicide absorption through the …

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Fooling Mother Nature for January Foals

Horses are seasonal breeders Source: Myhorseuniversit.vudat.msu.edu When day length is getting shorter, mares begin to grow winter hair coats, their estrous cycles become erratic, then they stop ovulating for a period of time that is called anestrous.  After December 21st (winter solstice) the days begin to lengthen. The mare perceives subtle changes in daylight and, …

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