Panhandle Agriculture

Small Farm Blueberry Production for the Panhandle

Blueberry Cluster – Image Credit UF / IFAS – Jim Olmstead, In the Florida Panhandle, blueberry jam, blueberry cobbler and fresh blueberries seem to be a staple. This is because there are many local, u-pick, direct-market, and wholesale growers who provide a top quality product. Farmers wanting to add blueberries to their operations sometimes struggle …

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Cotton Irrigation Scheduling App Saves Water & Money

Irrigation and nitrogen fertilizer are keys to producing high yielding cotton. New scheduling tools being tested at Southeastern Universities may help farmers utilize these valuable inputs more efficiently. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Brendan Zurweller and Diane Rowland, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department There are many challenges facing cotton growers in the southeast, but this year it will …

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The NW FL Gulf Coast Beekeepers Workshop March 28

  The Northwest Florida Gulf Coast Beekeepers Association is hosting its first annual workshop on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Florosa Elementary School, 1700 Highway 98, Mary Esther. Open to the public, the eight hour event will feature hands-on demonstrations of how to raise bees, collect honey, and build beehives. Guest speakers will include Doug …

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Wildlife Food Plot Field Day March 20

Join us on Friday, March 20th from 1 pm – 3 pm to learn more about Wildlife Food Plots and which seed mixtures perform best in northwest Florida.  The field tour will take place at the West Florida Research and Education Center, 4253 Experiment Road (Hwy 182), Jay Florida.  This free event will showcase18 different …

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January & February Weather Summary and Spring Forecast

The National Weather Service rainfall estimates for January and February. The Western counties in the Panhandle received much lower rainfall totals than the eastern counties in January and February 2015.  Portions of Bay, Franklin, Gulf, Wakulla and Jefferson had more than 10″ in the first two months of 2015. FAWN Station Summary Just as the …

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FDACS’s Bureau of Compliance Now Handles Ag Dealer’s Licensing

The 74 year old law which protects the financial interest of most of Florida’s agricultural producers is now part of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Bureau of Compliance’s responsibility. In a recent reorganization, the responsibility was shifted from FDACS’s Division of Marketing and Development. Enacted in 1941, the statute states, “It …

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The Cow is the First Source of Calf Health

Colostrum consumption is a key factor in the long-term health of newborn calves. This calf needs to get up and nurse several times within the first four hours after birth, to ensure adequate consumption. (Alachua, Florida) When it comes to the health of newborn calves, it all starts with the cow. The cow’s plain of …

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AgSave$ Workshop Series: Securing Your Farm’s Financial Future

Ken Barton is working to pass the family farming heritage on from generation to generation. Photo by Shepard Eubanks, UF/IFAS On February 23, 2015, 93 folks in the Agriculture Industry assembled to kick-off a new initiative, AgSave$ , to bring personal finance education such as estate planning, succession planning, and protecting assets, to farmers, ranchers …

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Factors that Affect Egg Production in Chickens

Proper nutrition that includes high protein and calcium levels for shell production is essential for laying hens. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Article by Hank Bignell, Escambia County 4-H Agriculture and Small Farms Agent Egg production is a normal part of chicken reproduction in healthy, young hens  There are many factors that can affect chicken egg …

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New Thrips-Transmitted Plant Viruses in Florida Crops

Figure 1. Tomato chlorotic spot virus symptoms on a young tomato plant. Photo Credit Joe Funderburk Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, Quincy and Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, FL Tospoviruses are a group of plant infecting viruses that cause economically significant crop losses worldwide. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is the original …

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