Panhandle Agriculture

Hairy Indigo Control in Peanuts

Hairy indigo can be a challenging legume weed to control in peanuts. Photo credit: Jay Ferrell B. Colvin, J. Ferrell, and R. Leon Hairy indigo (Indigofera hirsuta) is an annual legume that was introduced to Florida as a forage crop. It has since escaped cultivation where it can be a troublesome weed in some crop …

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UF/IFAS Beekeeping Short-Course & Bee-Yard Field Day!

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to once again offer a Beekeeping Short-Course in March, 2015. These classes will be offered via interactive video at Extension Offices across the Panhandle. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service (listed below) to register. Classes will be taught by Dr. Jamie Ellis and other state and …

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Living Soils Foster Healthy Farms

Promote healthy soils to secure the health of the many fruits and vegetables your farm grows. For small-scale farmers relying on cover crops and compost to fulfill their garden’s nutritional needs, it is important to remember healthy soil requires “life.”  What is it that separates soil that can support fruit and vegetable production from soil …

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Are Grafted Vegetables for You?

Figure 1. Commercially produced grafted tomato plant. Photo by Josh Freeman If you’ve grown fruit trees your likely familiar with the process of grafting. Grafting is the physical combination of a scion, the top of the plant, with a rootstock, bottom of the plant, of two different varieties or even different plant species. This is …

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US Beef Cow Herd Increased 2% in 2014

Source: USDA NASS Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The inventory of all cattle and calves was 89.8 million head on January 1, 2015, up 1.4 percent from one year ago but, except for last year, still the smallest total herd inventory since 1952.  The 2014 calf crop was up 0.5 …

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2015 Panhandle Crop Meeting March 5

The 2015 Panhandle Crop Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5th, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Ave., Marianna, FL. Registration opens at 7:15 AM (Central) and concludes at noon with a sponsored lunch. The Panhandle Crop Meeting will consist of an array of presentations from extension specialists from the University of …

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Monensin Toxicity in Horses: What to Look For

Several cases of monensin toxicity in horses have been reported in the Southeastern U.S. over that last few months.  Monensin is an ionophore antibiotic that is commonly added to livestock feeds such as poultry and cattle feeds.  This is a safe feed additive for ruminants and poultry, but horses are very sensitive to monensin.  Sometimes …

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UF/IFAS Extension to Help Farm Families Secure their Financial Future

The Barton Family. Photo by Shepard Eubanks, UF/IFAS Kimberly Moore Wilmoth, UF/IFAS Communications Services & Michael Gutter, UF/IFAS Finical Management Specialist For Bonifay farmer and rancher Ken Barton, business and family is more than just a balancing act – it is his livelihood. Barton is 10 years away from retirement, and concerned about how he …

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Tomato Variety Selection for the Florida Panhandle

Photo Credit: UF/IFAS Communication Services It’s time to order seed and get transplants started for a spring tomato crop.  Which tomato cultivar should a producer select and what criteria should be used for selection?  There are many factors that go into every decision made on a vegetable farm but here are few that will help …

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Grazing Management is Key for Profitable Livestock Production

Figure 1. Overgrazed (A) and well-managed pasture (B). Photo credits: Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS – NFREC Jose Dubeux, , University of Florida/IFAS – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Pastures are different than hay fields or row crops. The final product is not the crop per se, but the animal gain obtained from grazing it. …

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