Monthly Archive: March 2014

A Busy Time of Year for Farmers…

Heavy rains in north Florida have had some growers behind in getting ready for the crop season this year. Thankfully, this week has been dry enough for some to do field work. Right now many farmers are plowing land, spraying cover crops, strip tilling, spreading lime, and planting corn, among other things. Unfortunately, projected rains …

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The Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation Rule Becomes Effective July 1, 2014

Relaxed regulations and reduced fees outlined in the newly revised “Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation” rule make it economically possible for small poultry producers to serve niche market segments.  Photo by Doug Mayo The long awaited Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation rule has been adopted. The initial efforts to change the regulations began …

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Herbicide Alternatives for Prickly Pear and Dogfennel without Cleanwave

Traditionally, the most common herbicide program for prickly pear control has been Remedy plus diesel fuel or basal oil. However, this program is costly since high rates are needed (20% solution) and grass injury around the cactus plant is very high. A better alternative would be fluroxypyr, the active ingredient in Vista herbicide. Photo Credit: …

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Peanuts, Cotton, Corn, or Soybeans? Enterprise Budgets Help You Decide

Plan ahead and use an enterprise budget to help you decide which crop or crops will be most profitable to plant this year.   Photo By Judy Ludlow By Henry G. Grant, Gadsden County Extension Director The most importance decision to be made by farmers for the 2014 cropping season is the choice to develop …

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Limited Pesticide Certification Class – Tuesday April 22 – Washington County

UF IFAS Washington County Extension is offering a class for the  Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Pesticide license and the Limited Lawn and Ornamental license. Click here to download flyer In PDF Is it the license you need? If part of your business is applying herbicides (including Roundup) or certain pesticides to plant beds, the State of Florida …

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Celebrate National Ag Day March 25

March 25th is National Ag Day, a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture.As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States. The National …

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Titi In Bloom This Spring

    Black Titi in bloom. Flower clusters upright at tips of branches. An excellent source of nectar and pollen for honey production. Image: Alex Bolques  Black Titi (also known as Spring Titi or Buckwheat Tree (Cliftonia monophylla (Lam.) Britton ex Sarg. is a native shrub or tree that can be found growing along streams and boggy …

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Rose Rosette Virus, a Devastating Disease on Roses, Found in Florida

  Figure 1. Witches’ broom like appearance, abnormal red discoloration of shoots and foliage, excessive thorns, distorted leaves, and deformed buds and flowers are key symptoms for the devastating Rose Rosette Disease Roses are one of the most popular flowering shrubs in U.S. with a total wholesale value of 194 million U.S. Dollars. Among the …

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Organic Gardening Starts With The Soil

Image Credit UF IFAS Gardening solutions. What does it mean to grow gardens organically?  It depends upon who you talk to.  The simple answer is that organic gardeners only use animal or plant-based fertilizers rather than synthetic.  It also means use of natural pest control devoid of synthetically manufactured insecticides. In other words, using natural substances and beneficial insects to ward off pests instead …

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Aquatic and Natural Areas Pesticide Training and Exams

Pesticide Training and License Exams being offered at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Okaloosa County Office. March 31, 2014 8am-11am     Aquatic Pest Control Training 11am              Aquatic Pest Control Exam 1pm-4pm       Natural Areas Weed Management Training 4pm               Natural Areas Weed Management Exam Cost is $ 10 for Aquatic Training and $ 10 for Natural Areas …

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