Monthly Archive: January 2014

What Does the Launch of New Generic Fungicides Mean for Plant Disease Management in 2014?

The 2013 foliar peanut disease fungicide trial from Marianna, FL. It is important to monitor products for reductions in their efficacy when managing for fungicide resistance. Early in 2014 the patent for the popular strobilurin fungicide (FRAC group 11) azoxystrobin will expire. Azoxystrobin is the active ingredient in the Syngenta® fungicides Quadris®, Abound® and Heritage® …

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Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’- A Worthwhile Choice

 Recently, I was working on a camellia identification project in a forgotten camellia garden of about 60  plants. Most camellias I observed were not yet in flower but one in particular caught my eye. I later identified this eye catcher as Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’.   Flower of Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’Image Credit Matthew Orwat   Magnoliaeflora is …

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Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’- A Worthwhile Choice

 Recently, I was working on a camellia identification project in a forgotten camellia garden of about 60  plants. Most camellias I observed were not yet in flower but one in particular caught my eye. I later identified this eye catcher as Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’.   Flower of Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’Image Credit Matthew Orwat   Magnoliaeflora is …

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Care of Freeze-Injured Citrus Trees

  This week, Northwest Florida is once again receiving some bitter cold temperatures. The freezing weather two weeks ago resulted in some cold damage to some local citrus trees. Cold injured citrus trees can take a while to become evident. Citrus in freezing weather, under protective microsprinkler irrigation. Image Credit Doug Mayo UF IFAS   What appears to be …

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Cool Off Your Heating Bill

  Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in the winter to reduce heating costs. Winter definitely is here!  Thankfully, we are not shoveling snow here in the Panhandle like our neighbors to the north, but our electric bills most likely have risen as the mercury has dropped.  To save money on your winter …

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Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seed Germination

  A bountiful harvest Every winter, many Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetable plants.  It is definitely cheaper to buy vegetable seeds than vegetable transplants, and some vegetables grow better when direct seeded. One factor to take into consideration when planning a vegetable garden is that each vegetable has a different germination response to …

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Panhandle Crop Meeting – March 6th

The 2014 Panhandle Crop Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 6th, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center. Registration opens at 7:15 AM (Central) and concludes at noon with a sponsored lunch. The Panhandle Crop Meeting will contain an array of presentations from extension specialists from the University of Florida, Georgia and Auburn University. The …

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GAPs Food Safety Training January 30th

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training: Food Safety and the USDA Audit January 30, 2014, 9:00am-2:00pm CST Washington County Ag Center Fresh produce farmers can learn how to develop a Food Safety Record Book to help pass a USDA Farm Audit so they can sell to WalMart and other retailers which require Food Safety Certification.  Attendees …

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Protect Your Herd from Grass Tetany this Winter

Cattle grazing on cool season forages can be at risk of grass tetany.  Photo Credit:  Doug Mayo Grass tetany is a potentially deadly condition in cattle and sheep grazing on small grains or ryegrass.  Grass tetany is a condition associated with reduced magnesium levels in the blood, and can be a serious problem for cattle and …

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Cold weather and fish kills: What you need to know!

With the ongoing cold weather across the Panhandle, fish kills are being reported in many areas. In the Panhandle, average water temperatures have dropped down to the 50s (degrees Fahrenheit) in many waterbodies. This is about ten degrees cooler than in normal years. Fish have a tolerance to temperature but when air and water temperatures …

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