Panhandle Agriculture

White Mold Management in Peanuts

The 2014 Panhandle peanut crop is developing at a normal pace. Soilborne disease control programs have begun, mainly targeting white mold.  Some fields are also being treated for foliage feeding caterpillars. As peanut farmers progress further into their white mold management program, they need to take a serious look at the fungicide options that producers …

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Don’t Let Low Fertility Reduce Bermudagrass Potential

Hay barns like this one in Washington County are starting to fill  up again. Fertility management is key to making sure that happens.  Photo credit:  Mark Mauldin It’s mid-summer, rain fall has been adequate, and hay barns are starting to fill up across the Panhandle. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit several Bermudagrass hayfields …

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2014 Peanut Field Day August 14

The annual Peanut Field Day will be held at the Marianna North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) on Thursday, August 14, 2014 starting with registration at 8:00 AM (CDT) and ending with a sponsored lunch at the nearby Sunland Pavilion. Field tours will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Topics to be addressed include disease …

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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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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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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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