Panhandle Agriculture

Livestock Disaster Program Deadline September 30

Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses are encouraged to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and …

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August 2014 Weather Summary

Rainfall estimates for August 2014 provided by the national Weather Service. The old adage of the “Dog Days of August” certainly held true in 2014. Much of the Panhandle experienced high temperatures and below average rainfall for the month.  Several coastal regions received more than eight inches of rain, while the most of the agricultural …

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Simpson Nurseries NW FL Agricultural Innovators of the Year

Simpson Nurseries was honored as the Northwest Florida Agricultural Innovators of the Year.  Jed Dillard, (left) presented the award to Renee Beshears and Johny Dicky, who accepted on behalf of Simpson’s Nurseries. On Thursday August 21, 2013, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest …

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New Herbicide being Tested for Prickly Pear Control

A new herbicide has recently been released called Trumpcard which contains both fluroxypyr and 2,4-D. Prickly pear control trials with Trumpcard are ongoing at the Univerisity of Florida, becuase it is expected that this combination will work as effectively as Cleanwave, which is no longer commercially available. Jay Ferrell and Brent Sellers, Extension Weed Specialists …

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Start Preparing for Winter Pastures

Replacement heifers on cool-season forages, Dec. 6, 2013 at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Marianna, FL. Photo credit: Jose Dubeux. Jose Dubeux – NFREC Forage Management Spcialist  dubeux@ufl.edu Cool-season forages are a viable option for North Florida. They extend the grazing season by providing high quality forage to enhance livestock performance. There …

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Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar September 18

UF/IFAS Extension, in cooperation with Fish and Wildlife C Comision (FWC), is presenting a Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar. The seminar will address topics relating to food plots and perennial food sources as well as deer herd management techniques. Anyone interested in better managing the deer, and deer habitat on their property is encouraged to …

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Pepper Spot Showing Up in Panhandle Peanuts

Pepper Spot, Photo Credit: North Carolina State As we head into the home stretch of  2014 peanut production, most farmers are working diligently to mange and control leaf spot and white mold in their peanuts. Many farmers are familiar with Early and Late leaf spot and the occasional chemical related spotting on the leaves of …

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Soybean Rust Update

Counties in red are where soybean rust has been found in kudzu, as of August 20, 2014. Soybean Rust is Around but Not on Soybeans Since its arrival in the United States in 2004, soybean rust has developed into more of a problem in the southeastern U.S, than in other areas of the country.  To …

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Goatweed Spreading West: Found in Holmes County Pastures

Goatweed in Holmes County Pasture – photo by Shep Eubanks Recently on a visit to a local cattleman’s pasture, I identified Goatweed (Scoparia dulcis) for the first time in Holmes County.  This weed has been gradually moving west in the Panhandle (Photo 1 below) with recent identifications over the last few years in Jackson and …

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Consider Investments in Efficiency with Extra Cattle Income

Chart 1  Source Livestock Marketing Information Center Most cattlemen have a slight grin on their faces these days.  Cattle have been selling for record prices this summer.  What is causing this major increase in prices?  Primarily there are two key factors: fewer cattle, and cheaper feed. Chart 2 below shows the drastic decline in the …

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