Panhandle Agriculture

Friday Funny: Hearing Test

Doris and Ralph had been married and lived on their farm together for over 40 years.  Ralph noticed that his wife seemed to have trouble hearing him lately and became concerned.  He started thinking she might need to be tested for hearing aids.  Not quite sure how to approach this subject with Doris, he called …

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Forest Service offering Cogongrass Control Cost-Share Program

Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree growth, wildlife habitat, and property values. Photo credit: C. Evans, UGA The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced on April 20, 2016 that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016. …

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UF/IFAS offers Heifer Development Program for Cattle Producers

The Florida Heifer Development Program  Annually beef cattle producers are faced with the decision of how to replace unproductive females within their herd. For most large commercial ranches, developing their own replacement heifers is a viable option, but for many smaller operations (<100 head) it is not as easy.  Whether it is that lack of …

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New Propiconazole Restrictions for 2016 Peanut Production

The European Union has significantly reduced tolerance levels of propiconazole residue in imported peanuts.  Photo credit: John Atkins Michael J. Mulvaney, Nick Dufault, Bob Kemerait Peanut growers take note, there are new import restrictions on propiconazole residues in peanuts going to the European Union (EU).  Propiconazole is an active ingredient in the common peanut fungicides …

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Spiderwort: A Troublesome Weed Invading North Florida Hay Fields and Pastures

Bermudagrass hayfield with spiderwort spreading from infested road right-of-way in Jackson County. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Michael Durham, Jason Ferrell, and Brent Sellers Figure 1. Spiderwort can be easily identified by its clusters of colorful flowers with three petals. Photo credit: Michael Durham Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis Raf.) is a native perennial species found throughout the …

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Friday Funny: Couple Sex

A lifetime farmer got to the stage in life that he was no longer able to physically work the land anymore.  He could not bring himself to sell the farm he loved, so he rented out his land to a neighboring farm.  He kept one tractor and the land around his house and barn and grew …

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Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate against Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Mature horses should receive an EEE booster vaccine every spring and fall.  Photo by Tyler Jones. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. EEE most often infects horses but can also infect humans.  There is no vaccine for humans and approximately 1/3 of those infected die of the disease. The …

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Cotton Marketing News: Discussing Recent Events and the Direction of the Market

Lately, it seems everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.  If we were playing backyard football, the cotton market would get called a penalty for piling on. Growers are frustrated.  Some growers and agribusinesses are hurting financially after a tough 2015, and 2016 doesn’t look much if any better.  Keeping with the football theme, …

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The Cheapest Method to Control Pasture Weeds

Source:  Pasture Weed Control in Arkansas Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director & Dr. Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Extension Weed Specialist From time to time people ask, “What is the cheapest way to control weeds in pastures?”  A healthy, vigorous pasture grass will choke out most weeds that try to get established.  Even so, the very …

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Arthropod Pests of Strawberries

Evan Anderson, Walton County Agriculture Agent Strawberries are currently in full production, and seeing rows of beautiful berries at a u-pick operation, or flats of flawless fruits in the store makes it easy for the consumer to forget how many pests and diseases growers must deal with. Strawberries take a great deal of management to …

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