Panhandle Agriculture

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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EPA Announces Revisions to Worker Protection Standard

Cesar Asuaje,right, teaching an on-the-job safety course to Spanish-speaking migrant workers. UF/IFAS Photo by Marisol Amador The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS). This change is intended to improve workers health protections and make them comparable to the standards in other industries. These modifications affect many …

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Do Your Part to Stop the Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases

The invasive mosquitoes Aedes aegypti (left) and Aedes albopictus (right) occur in the Americas, including Florida, and have been implicated in the transmission of Zika virus. Credit: J. Newman, UF/IFAS/FMEL Sheila Dunning, Okaloosa Commercial Horticulture Agent With all the news about the Zika virus spread in Florida, now is the time to start thinking about …

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Applying Pesticides Correctly- Core Training May 12

A tractor spraying pesticides on rows of tomatoes. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones. FAMU Research & Extension Center 4259 Bainbridge Highway – Quincy, FL 32352 4 CORE CEUs $ 10/person Registration Fee The General Standards Core is one of two exams that must be passed to obtain an FDACS restricted use pesticide (RUP) applicator license. …

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Gulf Coast Farm to Table Networking Event May 23

If you are a food producer or buyer, we invite you to join us on May 23 from 1:00-4:00 for an afternoon of education and networking. We will discuss hot topics in local food, seasonal products and menuing, food safety, marketing, and more. This is a free event but we ask that you register so …

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Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7

Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment. However, properly managing them to meet your desired goals can be challenging. Panhandle Pond Management, a two part series being offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. Specialists from campus will be onsite …

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Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series June 9 or 14

Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Making the grass grow is not as simple or easy as many of us would like it to be. Even so, it is essential to successful livestock operations. Anyone who has grazing livestock needs to understand the fundamental principles of forage production. Whether you are providing forage for one horse or …

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Resistance of Tobacco Thrips to Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments

Figure 1 Collecting thrips for assaying from peanuts. Danielle Sprague and Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, IFAS Tobacco thrips, Frankliniella fusca, are seedling pests of peanut, soybean, and cotton throughout the southern USA. The adults and larvae feed on the developing leaves, causing injury during the very early vegetative stages of these …

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