Monthly Archive: April 2015

UF/IFAS Carinata Field Day April 28

The netting prevents the breeding lines of Carinata from out crossing at the NFREC-Quincy breeding trials. The University of Florida-IFAS-North Florida Research and Education Center is pleased to announce a Carinata field day on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. University of Florida along with its partners, Agrisoma and Applied Research Associates, are developing optimum varieties of, …

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New Sponsorship Adds Major Boost to Southeast Hay Contest

Since 2004, the Southeastern Hay Contest has been spotlighting high quality hay and baleage production in the Southeast. The SE Hay Contest is run in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and our winners are announced each year on the first day of the Expo. The goal of the contest is to demonstrate the potential …

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Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application

As water temperatures rise, aquatic weed growth increases. Be sure to monitor ponds closely and control weeds before the problem gets too large.Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Similar to Goldilocks’ porridge, water temperature doesn’t need to be too hot or too cold, it needs to be just right for using aquatic herbicides (70o – 80o F). …

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Fireweed: A Burning Problem for Farmers

The fine hairs along the stem of Fireweed puncture the skin and introduce the toxin. Note the small flowers at the axil. Source: http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/urt/Urtica%20chamaedryoides.htm Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides), may not be a pasture weed that causes great economic losses from competition, but it can cause distress to people who come in contact with it in their …

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Gummy Stem Blight Spreading in Panhandle Watermelons

Gummy stem blight is a highly destructive, foliar fungal disease of watermelon that can cause yield losses of more than 50%. This disease is currently confirmed in multiple locations in Northwest and Northeast of Florida. Recent weather conditions of high humidity and high temperature have been ideal for gummy stem blight throughout the northern part …

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April Showers Bring May… Snakes

This rhyme has been around for decades suggesting that rain increases during the month of April.  In recent years the amount we have received has caused local flooding, and most in Escambia County will remember receiving 26” of rain in 24 hours! These heavy localized rain events have certainly removed pollen from the air but …

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Composting With 4-H Clubs

A two liter soda bottle with the top cut off makes a great mini compost bin. This is a a new batch with soil mixed in to experiment with jumpstarting the composting process. With the promise of fresh vegetables just around the corner, now is a great time to think about starting a compost pile …

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Monitor for Mole Crickets

Mole cricket tunnels. Credit: N. Leppla, UF/IFAS Many people treat their lawn with an insecticide when they see mole crickets in the spring or at the first sign of a brown area in their lawn. What they don’t understand is the biology of this pest.  Mole crickets spend the winter as adults in the soil. …

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Tomato Foliar Diseases

With the over abundance of rainfall the western panhandle has seen in recent weeks, tomato gardeners need to be aware of foliar diseases that could appear.  Tomato leaves are an ideal host when moisture is present on the leaf surface.  There are several of these diseases that, if not managed, can destroy the garden. Early …

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Blueberries Likely Early This Year – What You Need To Know To Keep Them Happy

In all North Florida Counties, blueberry jam, blueberry cobbler and fresh blueberries seem to be a staple. This is because there are many home gardeners are able to consistently grow a top quality product. This year blueberries are very large already on plants throughout the panhandle! The increased size may be indicating earlier maturity than in the …

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