Panhandle Agriculture

PeanutFARM Irrigation and Harvest Tool is Now Mobile Friendly

Brendan Zurweller and Diane Rowland, UFIFAS Agronomy Department Even in the southeast, where annual rainfall totals would lead you to believe that water stress rarely occurs, depletion of soil water can develop quickly during the peanut growing season.  There are certainly times when supplemental irrigation can reduce crop water stress and prevent yield reductions. Adding …

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Friday Funny: The Lifesaving Lie

A cowboy drove his truck and horse trailer to town to pick up some vaccines and wormer the day he was planning to work his cows.  As he slowed down to turn off of the highway, he was struck from behind by a semi-truck.  Unfortunately, the cowboy, his horse, and his trusty cowdog were all …

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April 2016 Weather Summary and 3 Month Outlook

National Weather Service estimates for April 2016 rainfall across the Florida Panhandle. April was a wetter than average month in most locations across the Panhandle, but nothing like the April rains of 2014 and 15.  There were a few pockets in hot pink that had over 10″ of rainfall for the month while portions of …

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Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference October 11

Mark your calendars, put in your vacation request, or whatever you need to do to prepare to take part in the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference.  The conference will provide a great opportunity for networking and the sharing of practical farming knowledge that can help farmers across the region. This event promises lots of learning …

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2016 Southeast Hay Contest open for Entry

There are many economic reasons why southeastern forage growers have increased the quality of the forage they produce (great demand for their products, need for efficiency due to high input costs, etc.). But, the keys to success have been timely management, improved forage varieties, advanced harvest equipment, and related technologies that have come to the …

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Spring Growth Differences in Bahiagrass Varieties

Let me begin with a disclaimer; this article contains no research data and no recommendations, but only some observations that I thought might be useful to those of you thinking about perennial forage options. All of the pictures included in this article were taken in the Forage Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Extension Office …

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North Florida Peach Variety Meeting May 31

Peach trees full of fruit. UF/IFAS file photo Researchers at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center have established a variety evaluation trial for peach trees with better adaptation to Florida’s climate.  There will be an informal meeting to share information on these new peach varieties, as well as general cultural and management practices …

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Current Risk Report for Peanut White Mold (Stem Rot) Based on Soil Temperatures

Early season fungicide sprays can be helpful, however, it is important to assess your risk. Rebecca L. Barocco and Nicholas S. Dufault As soil temperatures are increasing, it is time for peanut growers in Florida, as well as many other areas of the southeast, to consider an early season white mold (a.k.a. stem rot) fungicide …

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Hay Bale Size Really Does Matter

Now is the time to start planning for the hay making season, so let’s consider the size issue when it comes to hay bales.  In a lot of situations size really does matter, because bale size has the greatest influence on the total weight of hay in a bale, how many pounds of nutrients are …

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Peanut Variety Selection: An Integrated Approach to Pest Management

A peanut field from Jackson County in 2015. Photograph by Ethan Carter. Common examples of integrated pest management strategies include manipulation of planting date or row spacing, tillage variations, pesticide use, and variety selection. Most of these are typically used in combination for optimal pest management. Regarding peanut varieties, there are many options available to …

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