Panhandle Agriculture

Santa Rosa Forrest Stewardship Tour May 14

The Spencer family’s primary objective for their land is production of high quality timber. Secondary objectives include wildlife management, with a strong emphasis on quail and white-tailed deer, enhancement of aesthetics and conservation of the soil and water resources. Timber production is focused on the best sites for growing pines. The three major timber producing …

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EscaRosa Beekeepers Open Hive Workshop May 16

The EscaRosa Beekeepers Association invites you to the Open Hive Workshop and BBQ on May 16, 2015 from 8 am to 3 pm.  The event will be held in the home garden of Joe and Nancy Tavernetti, 1110 Bauer Road, Pensacola, Florida.  Throughout the day, beekeepers will provide workshops and demonstrations at three open hive …

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Heavy Rains in April brought Drought Relief but also Planting Delays

If the old adage of “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is true, parts of the Panhandle should be a blooming mess very soon. The National Weather Service provides estimates of rainfall.  The map above shows that there were some pockets in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Washington and Jackson Counties that received 10-15″ in April.  In contrast, …

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Bull Consignments Sought for 2015 Florida Bull Test

Cliff Lamb,UF/IFAS Beef Reproduction Specialist The nomination deadline for registered breeders wishing to consign bulls to the Florida Bull Test is June 15, 2015. The Florida Bull test is hosted at the University of Florida North Florida research and Education Center (NFREC) in Marianna, FL. For the 16th year, the North Florida Research and Education …

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Does Your Pond Need Fertilization?

Choosing the right pond management tools depends on your objectives. Photo by Jennifer Bearden Recreational farm ponds vary in size and purpose and management goals differ widely from owner to owner. Some pond owners want clear water with only small amounts of vegetation and a few fish to catch. This pond is meant mainly for …

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Nutrition of the Beef Herd During Transition into Summer

Fig. 1. Remaining winter forage on a bahiagrass field at UF-NFREC on 4/30/15. Photo: N. DiLorenzo Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC When it comes to beef cattle nutrition and management, we often talk about two critical periods in Northwest Florida where we may need a strategic supplementation of some sort, and …

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UF/IFAS Carinata Field Day April 28

The netting prevents the breeding lines of Carinata from out crossing at the NFREC-Quincy breeding trials. The University of Florida-IFAS-North Florida Research and Education Center is pleased to announce a Carinata field day on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. University of Florida along with its partners, Agrisoma and Applied Research Associates, are developing optimum varieties of, …

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New Sponsorship Adds Major Boost to Southeast Hay Contest

Since 2004, the Southeastern Hay Contest has been spotlighting high quality hay and baleage production in the Southeast. The SE Hay Contest is run in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and our winners are announced each year on the first day of the Expo. The goal of the contest is to demonstrate the potential …

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Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application

As water temperatures rise, aquatic weed growth increases. Be sure to monitor ponds closely and control weeds before the problem gets too large.Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Similar to Goldilocks’ porridge, water temperature doesn’t need to be too hot or too cold, it needs to be just right for using aquatic herbicides (70o – 80o F). …

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Fireweed: A Burning Problem for Farmers

The fine hairs along the stem of Fireweed puncture the skin and introduce the toxin. Note the small flowers at the axil. Source: http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/urt/Urtica%20chamaedryoides.htm Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides), may not be a pasture weed that causes great economic losses from competition, but it can cause distress to people who come in contact with it in their …

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