Panhandle Agriculture

Friday Funny: Marriage Counseling and BBQ Piñatas

A farmer and his wife had a challenging marriage.  They seemed to fight every night, so the farmer just got up earlier and worked later each day until he was only at home long enough to eat, bathe, and sleep.  This went on for a few months until finally his wife got fed up with …

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“Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!” Schedule for 2016

Explore some of the Panhandle’s hidden ecological treasures with UF/IFAS Panhandle Outdoors Live! Photo by Judy Biss Northwest Florida is considered one of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country. The reasons why begin with our unique water features.  Join us to explore these waters and learn more about the Panhandle’s hidden ecological treasures! …

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Winter Forage & Wildlife Food Plot Tour March 4

The 2016 Winter Forage Wildlife Food Plot Tour will be held on March 4th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the West Florida Research and Education Center (4253 Experiment Dr. Hwy 182 Jay, FL 32565). Join us for a walk through the winter forage and wildlife food plots that were planted in Fall 2015. Speakers …

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Cultivating Futures in Agritourism & Agrimarketing Seminar March 2 & 3

March 2-3, 2016 $ 35 (includes 2 day registration fee & 2 lunches) Wednesday, March 2   8:30 a.m.— 4:00 p.m. Central Seminar Presentation Chipola College Cultural Center, College Street, Marianna 32446 Jane Eckert, featured presenter, is the founder and CEO of Eckert AgriMarketing, a full-service marketing and consulting firm that offers a variety of services …

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UF/IFAS Research Estimates Feral Hogs cost Florida Cattle Industry $2 Million Annually

Feral swine can cause $ 2 million per year in lost cattle production in Florida, according to a new study led by Samantha Wisely, UF/IFAS associate professor of wildlife ecology and conservation. Photo credit: UF/IFAS archive Feral swine cost the Florida cattle industry at least $ 2 million a year in lost cattle production, according …

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In Case You Missed It – Cucurbit & Satsuma Meeting Content is now Online

Dr. Pete Andersen talks about satsuma varieties at the Panhandle Satsuma Meeting in Marianna. Thank you to all those who attended the Tri-State Cucurbit and Panhandle Satsuma Meetings held in Jackson County!  We had a great turnout at both meetings, and we even had some folks from as far away as Statesboro, GA.  Don’t fret if …

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January Panhandle Weather Summary & February Outlook

January was a more normal month for much of the Florida Panhandle.  Much of the soil is still somewhat saturated from all of the rain at the end of 2015, but from the map above you can see that the majority of the region had less than 6″ in January 2016.  Portions of Okaloosa, Walton, …

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2016 Beekeeping Short Course March 7, 14, & 21

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to offer a Beekeeping Short-Course in March, 2016. These classes will be offered via interactive video at Extension Offices across the Florida Panhandle. Classes will be taught by state and nationally recognized experts. Classes are Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm Central Time, 7:00-9:00 pm Eastern Time. Each …

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January Florida Cattle Market Report

Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Livestock Economist The August 2016 Feeder Cattle futures contract declined by $ 8.70/cwt. during January. Based on this futures price decrease, August Feeder Cattle revenues decreased by approximately $ 65.25/hd. ($ 8.70/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 4,350.00 per truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder …

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Expected Tight Margins in 2016 Call for Careful Evaluation of Peanut Production Practices

Peanut margins are predicted to be tight this year. According to the UGA Crop Comparison Tool, dryland peanuts will struggle to cover production costs.  In tight years the importance of each management decision is magnified. All options should be carefully analyzed to determine the most economically viable production practices.  Photo credit: IFAS Communications The predictions …

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