Weed of the Week: Black Cherry

Black Cherry Leaves Photo Credit: Dr. Brent Sellers Black Cherry is common across the southern half of the United States. Mature trees span from 50 to 90 feet tall with an oval silhouette shape, and low branches that normally droop to the ground. This native tree is commonly used for landscaping but also found in …

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Cilantro – Great for Cool Season Gardening

Cilantro ready for harvest. Photo credit: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a short-lived annual herb with bright green, feathery, flat leaves that look very similar to flat-leaved parsley. Leaves can be harvested at will after they grow to a mature size and then continuously as needed. The flavor of …

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Name That Holiday Cactus

University of Minnesota ExtensionJulie Weisenhorn Is your grandmother’s pass along Christmas cactus blooming really early? Do the leaf segments have “teeth” along the edges?  Are the “stringy things” sticking out of the flowers yellow in color? Well, I hate to tell you this, but that is not a Christmas cactus, (Schlumbergera bridgesii).  It is a …

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Lessons Learned from Farmers: Fire Ant Control

Take lessons from a farmer to control fire ants in your garden. Photo by Molly Jameson. As I near the three-year mark of being an Extension Agent, I think about how fortunate I am to have a career that not only encourages me to meet all our local farmers, but also to learn from them …

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Be on the Lookout for Rose Crown Gall

Crown gall symptoms on roses caused by the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens (Rhizobium radiobacter) – Photo credits: Kamil Duman A plant with a mature gall that is potentially releasing the crown gall bacterium into the potting media. Photo credits: Susannah Wright For gardeners, rose enthusiasts and rosarians, each of the many rose diseases is as important …

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Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida

Saddleback Caterpillar. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat UF / IFAS Did you know we have caterpillars that sting here in Northwest Florida? Well, we do and you’d be wise to learn about them and how to recognize them. These caterpillars do not sting in the same way that a wasp or bee might sting. They do …

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Fall into Composting

A wooden bin is easy to use for composting kitchen and yard waste. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson Fall is the time of year many of us spend countless hours raking leaves and pine straw, piling them up, watching kids jump into the piles (then re-raking!), and bagging them up for disposal. However, what you may …

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Cindale Dairy Receives Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Source:  Florida Department of Agriculture Cindale Dairy – Brad and Meghan Austin (left) and Cindy and Dale Eade (right). Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced on November 1, 2017 the recipients of the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes the environmentally innovative farming techniques of Florida’s farmers and ranchers. This year’s recipients are: Brad …

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Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum – November 28

Please make plans to join us on November 28th, 2017 for the Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum. The meeting will be held at the Ag Center in Bonifay, FL. A steak dinner will be sponsored by Southern Cattle Company. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by November  22nd  so we can get a head count …

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Pecan Field Day – November 16 – Monticello

The Florida Pecan Field Day has been rescheduled. Producers will meet in Monticello on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Jefferson County Extension Office for the annual field day and Pecan Growers’ Association meeting. If you’re a pecan grower, or just considering it, the morning’s topics and speakers will be a great opportunity to learn more …

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