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Weed of the Week: Goatweed

Image 1: Goatweed seeds are very small and are enclosed in yellow to brown capsules. Photo Credit: Dr. Brent Sellers Once just an issue in Central Florida Orange groves, Goatweed (Scoparia dulcis), also referred to as sweet broom and licorice weed, is now an issue for many pasture owners in North Florida. The spread of …

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Weed of the Week: Southern Sandbur

Left: Southern sandbur seedhead. Right: Close-up picture of individual burs. Credit: Hunter Smith Across the Southern United States, Southern Sandbur (aka sandspur) can be found. It is an annual grass that grows in cropland and pastures, thriving in dry sandy soils. Southern Sandbur has a shallow fibrous root system and can easily invade poorly managed fields …

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Weed of the Week: Showy Crotalaria

Showy crotalaria is a common weed in the Panhandle that is toxic to livestock.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo Commonly known as Showy Rattlebox, Showy Crotalaria is a fast growing summer annual that germinates in early spring and flowers in late summer. As a member of the legume family, it was brought to the United States …

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Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple

This week’s featured weed is tropical soda apple, a serious weed problem in many pastures and natural areas of Florida.  This invasive weed is very prolific and can infest a pasture in a very short time.  Its fruit are toxic to goats, and the unpalatable thorny leaves results in reduced forage production and lower stocking …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/29/weed-of-the-week-tropical-soda-apple/

Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Our volunteers help make clubs, camps, and other educational programs possible so that we can Grow 4-H in Florida!  Photo credit: National 4-H Council Sunday, April 10th, marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week.  A recent study found that volunteers are directly responsible for teaching as much as 50% of the life skills a youth learns through the 4-H …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/08/happy-national-volunteer-appreciation-week/

February 21-27 Invasive Species Awareness Week

Cogongrass flowering in Crestview in February. Photo by Jennifer Bearden National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is February 21-27, 2016.  This week is dedicated to focusing the nation on the impacts of Invasive species.  Non-native, exotic, invasive species do not naturally occur in an area.  They cause economic and environmental harm, and can negatively impact …

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016

Invasive species are non-native or exotic species that do not naturally occur in an area, cause economic or environmental harm, or negatively impact human health. These invasive species have become the number one threat to biodiversity on protected lands.  However, invasive species do not know boundaries, and as a result, public, private lands, natural and …

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National Estuaries Week! – What We Can Do

In the last edition in this series we discussed some of the issues and problems our estuaries are facing. For the final edition for National Estuaries Week we want to leave you with some ideas on you can help improve things.   The first issue we dealt with was eutrophication – or nutrient overloading. The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/25/national-estuaries-week-what-we-can-do/

National Estuaries Week! – Problems in Our Bays

The red area indicates where dissolved oxygen levels are low. I don’t want this to sound like a “Debbie Downer”… but there are problems with our estuaries and panhandle residents should be aware of them. There are things you can do to correct them – which we will discuss in the final issues of this …

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National Estuaries Week! – Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

  This area along Florida’s east coast is experiencing coastal flooding.Photo: University of Florida As we come towards the end of National Estuaries Week we will now look at some issues our estuaries are facing. Sea level rise is one that generates a variety of responses from the public. For some it is of concern, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/23/national-estuaries-week-sea-level-rise-and-climate-change/

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