Monthly Archive: October 2013

Spend Less & Save More This Holiday Season

Last year, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) found that 12 percent of people said they were planning to spend more during the holidays than in the previous year. That number was up from 2011, where only 8 percent planned on spending more than in the previous year.  …

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Minimize Hay Losses to Save Money

Storing hay directly on the ground, without protection from the weather can result in large dry matter (DM) losses. The cooler temperatures and shorter days associated with the transition from summer to fall can be a welcome change when working outside. However, it is a mixed blessing for Panhandle cattle producers. As temperatures decrease and …

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Bats: an Excellent Addition to Your IPM strategy

Bats, like this Seminole bat (Lasiurus seminolus), are economically beneficial. They consume many insect pests without the use of pesticides. Photo Credit: Kathleen Smith, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Holly Ober,  UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Specialist Eleven different species of bats live in north Florida year-round.  These bats are voracious feeders.  During spring, …

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Cover Crops

Wheat cover crop used on a farm in Baker, Florida. Photo credit: Jennifer Bearden. Cover crops have been used by agricultural producers for thousands of years.  However, we have seen a decline in cover crop use over the past century, as the use of commercial fertilizers have increased.  Even though they are readily available and …

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Caution… Worms at Work!

Caution…Worms at Work! Vermicomposting bin at the Leon County Extension Office. It’s difficult to see, but our worms are hard at work composting leftovers! Many home gardeners may have thought about composting, but may not have the time, the space or, let’s face it, the patience. Well then vermicomposting is ideal to satisfy those conditions! Vermicomposting is the …

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PBS Video on UF/IFAS Fruit and Vegetable Breeding Programs

Researches in the University of Florida IFAS plant breeding program have developed a number of new blueberry, and other fruit, varieties.  Image Credit: UF IFAS EDIS Florida Crossroads made a 28 minute video entitled “Seeds of Change” featuring the IFAS plant breeding efforts to create new varieties of blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and other crops, and …

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Starting a Fruit Orchard or an Edible Landscape? What Should I Grow? Fall is the Time to Decide !

The avid gardener has heard on many occasions that fall is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. Correct! Now is the time to start a fruit orchard or an edible landscape.  As the seasons transition into much cooler weather, now is the ideal planting season for hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers (Trawick, 2013).  In …

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The Hickory: Tough and Durable Landscape Trees

Hickory nuts are popular with squirrels in the autumn. There is a lot to be gained from having a tough reputation. Only those with a stout disposition or lack of good sense will dare to make a challenge to the individual who hold this distinction. Unbending, rigid and durable are descriptors which invoke a firm, …

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Agricultural Innovator: Walton County

On Friday August 9, 2013, 13 Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center in Marianna.  This is the third year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the …

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Healthy Halloween Treats

Give nutritious, tasty foods and non-food items for Fall treats. With Halloween and Fall Festivals just around the corner, what goodies are you planning to give out?  Try nutritious, tasty foods and non-food options, including items that get children up and moving to use the extra calories they consume.  Think outside the box when choosing …

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