Panhandle Agriculture

Pegging Zone Calcium for Peanuts

Take a pegging soil sample, and if you have at least 500 lb/a of soil test calcium AND if your calcium to potassium ratio is 3:1 or better, then you don’t need to apply gypsum.  Photo credit:  John Atkins Glen Harris, UGA Soil Extension Specialist When we switched from growing small-seeded Georgia Green to large-seeded …

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Rindworms: A “Complex” Pest of Melons

Rindworm damage on watermelon. Credit: K. Rochacewich, Cargill. Matt Lollar, Jackson County Horticulture Agent It’s the beginning of melon harvest season in the Panhandle, and rindworms pose a significant threat to fruit quality. Rindworms are an interesting bunch because they are made up of a number of caterpillar species that fall under the classification of the …

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Solar Pump Systems for Watering Livestock

It can be cost-prohibitive to run power lines long distances to provide electricity for pumping water to livestock tanks. One alternative is to install a solar water system. It can be cost-prohibitive to run power lines long distances to provide electricity for pumping water to livestock tanks. One alternative is to install a solar water …

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Reducing Water Demand for Agriculture

Sod-based rotation field under a center pivot at the NFREC-Marianna taken May 28, 2015. Peanuts are in the upper right, 2 year old bahia grass is in the upper left, and 1 year old bahia grass is in the lower left. Cotton is in the forefront. Photo credit: David Wright. Dan Dourte, Ron Bartel, Sheeja …

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When is Hay Dry Enough?

Freshly baled hay with more than 20% moisture will heat up and actually reduce the energy level of the hay.   Photo credit: Doug Mayo Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist There is a great misconception that once hay is “dry” and baled it is plain and devoid of life. The truth is that hay …

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Gator Football Ticket Special for Farmers

The Gator Ticket Office would like to invite you to a special celebration of Agriculture and Gardening. The Gator Ticket Office is proud to announce a special ticket offer for the agriculture community as well as their family and friends to attend a Florida Gator SEC football game.  Farmers, ranchers, and gardeners are eligible for …

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Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day July 9

Farmers can get the latest and most pertinent Agricultural research and technologies information at the Sunbelt Expo Field Day scheduled for July 9, 2015 at the Darrell Williams Research Farm, located at the Expo Show Site. The goal of the Darrell Williams Research Farm is to provide farmers and agribusinessmen with the opportunity to combine …

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May 2015 Panhandle Weather Summary

As in past years, May was significantly drier than April, with a great deal of variation of rainfall across the Panhandle.  The National Weather Service estimates for May rainfall ranged from less than an inch along the gulf coast to more than 6 inches along the Alabama border. The six Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) …

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USDA Develops Cover Crop Chart

Source: Agricultural Research Service’s Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory An online tool called the “Cover Crop Chart” is helping U.S. farmers decide which cover crops to plant and is generating interest from growers in other countries. Cover crops can help reduce soil erosion, increase organic matter, improve early weed control, and provide forage for animals. …

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Buckeye Rot in Tomatoes

Buckeye Rot on Tomato – Photo courtesy of Shep Eubanks With the recent frequent rains and hot temperatures, the incidence of buckeye rot on field tomatoes has increased in Holmes County, especially on tomatoes that were not planted on plastic mulch. This disease in tomatoes is caused by Phytophthora parasitica, and typically shows up on …

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