Monthly Archive: August 2013

Welcoming New 4-Hers!

It is always a little bit difficult starting something new in a new place with new people.  In 4-H we want to create a safe environment where all youth and volunteers can speak their mind, share ideas, and work together as a team.  That is why we try our best to make anyone and everyone …

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Cercospora: A Fungal Problem for Summer Vegetables

Cercosproa on PepperImage Credit Matthew Orwat This summer’s rainy and humid weather has created a perfect environment for the proliferation of a variety of fungal diseases. Of  particular interest is Cercospora, which is a genus of fungus containing over 1,200 different species. Because there are so many species of this fungus, many different plant species are affected including …

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Jefferson County Fulfords honored as Northwest Florida Agricultural Innovators of the Year

On Friday August 9, 2013, 13 Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center in Marianna.  This is the third year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the …

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USDA Planted Crop Acreage Report for the Southeast

Data provided by USDA National Agriculture Statistic Service. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the planted crop acreage report for the Southeast in June 2013.  The effects of a bumper crop of peanuts, and the resulting low peanut contracts have affected what was planted this year.  From this report, you can see that …

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Optimum Soil Fertility is an Essential Part of Weed Control

Herbicides can be used to control the weeds, but without good fertility and a healthy stand of grass, the weeds will return.  Photo Credit: Doug Mayo   Brent Sellers, RCREC Extension Weed Specialist; Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Extension Weed Specialist; & Joao Vendramini, RCREC Forage Extension Specialist There have traditionally been few options for controlling weeds …

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Edible Blossoms For You!

Add the easy-to-grow garden nasturtium to your vegetable or flower garden! Photo courtesy of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden Garden nasturtium, known to botanists as Tropaeolum majus, is an annual that originated in the Andes of South America.  Seed and plants are commonly found in garden centers, although a greater variety is available when purchased from …

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USDA Releases Farm Land Value Report

USDA Report shows Florida farm real estate values are still declining. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their Land Values 2013 Summary last month based on surveys conducted in early June.  This report provides some unbiased averages that could provide a helpful starting place for land sale negotiations, but is most helpful for …

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Does Your Sprinkler System Know It Has Rained?

At the halfway point through 2013, cumulative rainfall amounts for the calendar year were near normal, on average, across the Northwest Florida Water Management District.  January, March and May were rather dry.  Yet, February, April and June had an abundance of rain.  Then, in early July, an unusual persistent mass of moist tropical air brought …

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Biting Flies This Fall

We often consider the end of summer a time when nuisance insects are decreasing in numbers, but there is one insect that is reaching peak numbers at this time of year.  The Stable Fly or Dog fly, Stomoxys calcitrans,  can occur at all times of the year, but populations are heaviest in late Summer through …

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Wake Up to a Healthy Start

Fuel your brain with a healthy, balanced breakfast. Waking up is hard enough to do, but it is especially difficult for people who are not “morning” people, who would like to avoid that time of day altogether, and who don’t generally want breakfast.  Nevertheless, the sun is still going to rise, people still have to …

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