Panhandle Agriculture

Chikungunya Arbovirus – A New Mosquito Borne Illness in Florida

The Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, one of the two Chikungunya vectors in Florida. Photo by Sean McCann, UF/IFAS Florida Mosquito Database Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.   It is also called “contorted fever” or “that which bends up.” The virus is cycled between mosquitoes and humans, and there is no …

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Area Ranchers Enjoy Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour

Commercial cattle herd at Bigham Farms, near Malone. Photo credit: Doug Mayo The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association hosted a farm tour on Thursday, July 17.  There were 75 cattle ranchers from Jackson, Washington, Holmes, and Calhoun Counties, as well as surrounding Alabama and Georgia counties that participated in the tour.  Three farms and a feed …

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Fertilizing Late Planted Cotton

Cotton planted behind wheat, waiting to be side-dressed with nitrogen. Photo: Josh Thompson Fertilizing cotton is always a major factor that affects yield in the Panhandle. Last year we saw plenty of cotton fields run out of nitrogen (N) during the summer with the relentless rains. We also saw growers trying to apply N, through …

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Tips for Controlling Armyworms in Hay Fields

Large armyworms were seen defoliating a Tifton 85 Bermudagrass field recently in Holmes County. Photo credit: Liza Garcia-Jimenez Every summer, fall armyworm moths fly up from South Florida to lay their eggs in well fertilized hay fields and forage crops in the the tri-state region.  The timing of the first major infestations varies from year …

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Looking Forward: UF/IFAS Forage Breeding Update

Forage workers in a field of novel FL 0567 crown rust resistant oat. Photo by Ann Blount It is hot outside and the furthest thing from most cattleman’s minds is what forages to plant this fall. Next week, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and University of Florida forage workers meet to discuss winter forage …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/19/looking-forward-ufifas-forage-breeding-update/

New UF Publications added to EDIS this Summer

EDIS is the University of Florida’s Official website with fact sheets available to download on a wide variety of topics for free. The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/12/new-uf-publications-added-to-edis-this-summer/

June Panhandle Weather Summary

Estimated rainfall totals for June 2014 provided by the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service rainfall estimates in the graphic above show the wide variation in rainfall that fell in June 2014.  Over 10 inches fell in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties, while portions of Jackson, Washington, Gadsden, and Jefferson Counties got less than …

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Registration Open for Fall Tomato School

This fall don’t miss the opportunity to learn, while getting your hands dirty, how to grow Tomatoes! Gulf Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises presents Fall Tomato School beginning September 2nd.  This workshop is intended to teach small farmers and other interested participants how to produce high quality tomatoes for fresh market.  Not only will …

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Jefferson Grazing Series to Focus on Best Management Practices

Learn how to make the grass greener on YOUR side of the fence! Photo by Jed Dillard Effective grazing management is a dynamic dance between maximizing animal performance and maintaining healthy pastures, preventing erosion and maintaining water quality. Join us on Tuesday, July 15 for the next session of the Jefferson Grazing Series. We’ll learn …

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Considerations for the 2014 Hay Season

Hay storage options at UF-NFREC. Photo: N. DiLorenzo Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC With the hay season in full swing, we are now ready to reap the benefits of the combination of temperature and moisture to be able to (hopefully) lower our feed bill later in the year when the grass …

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