Monthly Archive: July 2013

Evaluate Your Need for Life Insurance

Evaluate your life insurance needs if you have children. Life insurance is protection against the loss of income that would result if the insured passed away. According to Life Insurance and Market Research Association International (LIMRA), approximately 35 million households are uninsured and 50 million American have inadequate life insurance. September is national life insurance …

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Crapemyrtle: For Summer Color in the Florida Panhandle

Crapemyrtle flowering has been spectacular this year! While most other garden plants droop from summer’s heat, humidity and heavy rains, crapemyrtle thrives and puts on an outstanding show of flowers all summer and fall. Thanks to modern breeders, there are all sizes of improved hybrid crapemyrtles with flower colors of lavender, purple, white, pink, or …

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Landscaping Before the Storm

Few things move a local homeowner into action faster than a big storm moving into the Gulf of Mexico.  After filling up at gas stations and running out to home improvement stores, many start trimming limbs and removing trees. The destructive tornadoes in the Midwest this spring may cause anxiety about having mature trees in a yard. It is …

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The 2013 Seed Workshop: Saving Seed, Saving Farms, Enabling Sustainability

Announcing… an exciting local workshop coordinated and hosted by the FAMU State-Wide Small Farm Programs in collaboration with the Ekanlaunee Seed Exchange, Leon County Extension, and local small farmers The 2013 Seed Workshop: Saving Seed, Saving Farms, Enabling Sustainability Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT) Sponsored by:    To register, …

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Short Course North 2013 “From Beaches to Woodlands”

Short Course North 2013 “From Beaches to Woodlands” Date: August 8-9, 2013 Daily Hours: 8 a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by: Friends of the Gardens of NW FL Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., University of Florida, IFAS For more info: Ttuttle1954@gmail.com Location: Santa Rosa County Extension Office 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton, FL 32570 Topics of Study and hands-on …

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Why Did They Cut My Trees?

 With hurricane season upon us, evidence of preparation is all around us.  Tree trimmers, contracted by the local electrical utility companies, have been removing trees, branches and other vegetation that is “too close” to power lines.  Many homeowners are concerned over the practice.         In order to prevent power outages, the federally approved …

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~Summertime Fun for the Family~

  Can you believe it ~ we are half way through the summer season! Summertime isn’t a time to worry about the children being bored but it’s the time to enjoy some good quality time with family. Outdoor family fun can be done on any budget while helping everyone stay fit and healthy. First, gather …

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Peanut Maturity Determination

Photo courtesy of Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers Association As we head into August, it is not too early to begin pulling samples of peanuts to determine optimum harvest dates.  With the erratic and wet growing season that we have had thus far in our peanut fields, determination of when to harvest is going to …

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Target Spot on the Increase in Cotton

Target spot is caused by the fungal pathogen Corynespora cassiicola. Leaf spots usually are up to ¼ to ½ inch in diameter and have a distinct “target spot” pattern with alternating light and dark brown bands of dead tissue. Target spot disease was confirmed from a sample taken in Santa Rosa County on June 27 …

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Round Bale Silage, a Viable Option for Rain-Weary Hay Producers.

Creating an airtight seal using plastic is critical for making quality round bale silage. Photo Credit D. Mayo Introduction: “When the sun shines, make hay.”  (John Heywood, 1546).  For north Florida’s farmers, that statement is much easier said than done lately.  Daily precipitation and rainfall amounts well over 10 inches have left hay farmers frustrated.  …

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