Panhandle Agriculture

Jackson County Cattlemen’s Tour August 13

Commercial cattle herd at Bigham Farms, near Malone. The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association has hosted numerous Farm Tours over its 53 year history.  These tours provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with other cattle producers, and visit a wide variety of operations in the region.  This year the tour is open to any cattle producer …

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Friday Funny: The Farmer and the Pond Crashers

The Crafty Farmer and the Pond Crashing Skinny-Dippers A well seasoned farmer owned a large farm in the Florida Panhandle.  After years of dedicated hard work on his land, he decided to rent out most of the farm and enjoy his retirement years.  Around his home he developed a huge garden that included a really …

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Freezer Beef Basics

Kim Mullenix, Ph.D., Extension Beef Cattle Systems Specialist, Auburn University From time to time people ask about feeding out a few calves for freezer beef.  The following are some basic guidelines for growing and finishing a few head of beef cattle. Grower Diets: Goals and Guidelines Calf is weaned at 7 to 9 months of …

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Debunking GMO Myths

This corn variety is a GMO with traits for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance. I have wanted to write an article on Genetically Modified Organisms for a while now, and have started one many times over the past few years. This is a complex and controversial topic, but it is my job, however, to pass …

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Cattle Numbers Up, But Prices Down From Last Month

Cattle prices are very good, but for how long? The more people jump into production, the greater the likelihood of prices falling. In a report dated July 24, 2015, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has stated there are 98.4 million head of cattle on U.S. Farms. This marks the first inventory increase since …

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How Important is Shrink In Beef Calves

Calves after weaning can undergo a considerable amount of shrink in bodyweight as a result of stress and diet changes. Photo by Matt Hersom (Alachua, Florida) Shrink in beef calves constitutes a potential economic loss to both the seller and the buyer if not fully considered. A number of factors cause shrink, but primarily feed …

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Optimizing Peanut Maturity – A Review of Methods and Techniques

Figure 1. Peanut harvest is just around the corner, and with that comes the tough decision of when to dig peanuts. By Diane Rowland and Ethan Carter, University of Florida It’s almost that time of the season again – peanut harvest is just around the corner. With that time of the year comes the tough …

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Incidence of White Mold (Stem Rot) of Peanuts is Increasing – Protect Your Crop Now.

Figure 1. Sclerotia produced by the white mold (stem rot) pathogen. Red arrows point to the sclerotia on the peanut tissue which vary in color from white to tan/brown. By Dr. Nicholas S. Dufault, Extension Specialist, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL The incidence of white mold (a.k.a. stem rot) of peanut …

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Consumers Experience Rise In Food Cost

Meat and eggs lead the rise in food cost nationally. Meat and egg prices are the leading cause of rising food cost in 2015, according the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics news release of June, 22, 2015. The Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged from May 2014 to …

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Florida’s Rangeland and the Environment: A Natural Partnership

Woodlands and rangelands are important to both agriculture and the environment. Photo by Judy Ludlow Most of us living in panhandle Florida recognize that our farmers and ranchers are committed to sustainable production of food, fiber, and fuel for generations to come, but how will farmers continue to be productive while sharing natural resources with …

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