Monthly Archive: May 2015

Jefferson County U-Pick Blueberry Farm Tour June 13

Whether you are a part time or full-time farmer, U-pick blueberries can provide additional farm income.  For the past several years, a Jefferson County farmer, Pete Crosby has been developing his operation.  Blue Sky Farm is nearing its grand opening, and is celebrating by inviting the public to come out to tour the farm Saturday, …

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Crop Pest Patrol Hotline

Syngenta has sponsored a Pest Patrol Hotline for row crop producers.  Each week the Pest Patrol Hotline (toll free call) offers timely pest updates from leading university entomologists. Listen to recorded messages that provide reports on current threat levels, local area outbreak predictions, treatment recommendations and more. While Florida does not have a specialist participating …

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UF/IFAS Evaluating Soil Mapping Technology for Variable Rate Applications

Fig. 1. Veris rig in operation with water jets engaged to clean the pH sensor Photo Credit:  Cheryl Mackowiak. The next generation of agriculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) will likely include new soil mapping technologies. Resulting maps are increasingly being used to guide variable applications of irrigation, fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides in the field. On-the-go …

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Things to Consider When Moving Honey Bee Hives

Beekeepers need to move their bees for a number of reasons. There are important steps beekeepers can take to make the move more efficient and less disruptive to the bees. Photo by Judy Ludlow If life were simple, one of its advantages would be that an apiary could be established and the beehives would never …

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Cnidarians: Stinging Nettles of the Animal Kind

Life Stages of the True Jellyfish: Photo: By Matthias Jacob Schleiden (1804-1881) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons “Ouch, something just stung me.” This is a common phrase to hear someone say (I’ve heard myself say it) while enjoying the otherwise soothing waters along our beautiful Gulf Coast. We host an amazing variety of marine organisms …

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April Shows DO Bring May Flowers – Discovering the Panhandle – Barrier Islands

  This month there were many more plants flowering… it is true that April showers do bring May flowers. May not only brings more flowers but more tourists. Everyone is out enjoying the weather, including some wildlife. I was happy to include Florida Master Naturalist Paul Bennett on this hike and he was very helpful …

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Youth Gain from Camping Experiences

With summer around the corner, it’s a great time to enroll your children in residential and/or day camps. For most communities there are a variety of camps offered. Camping experiences not only give children something to do, they are also great learning experiences. Just as a garden or flowerbed requires critical elements like water, sunshine, space, …

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Super Summer Snacking

  Super Summer Snacking Can you believe that the kids are almost out of school for the summer? With kids in the house all summer, get ready for those constant snack attacks, followed by “mom (or dad)…there’s nothing good to eat.” Just because its summer break doesn’t mean we should take a vacation from healthy …

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Deep South Stocker Conference August 6-7

The seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference is headed to Alabama.  This year’s conference will be held August 6-7, 2015 in Montgomery, Alabama.  This conference is a joint effort between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. This year’s conference will begin with a …

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What You Need To Know About Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Protect your poultry by learning the signs of avian influenza (bird flu) and what to do if you suspect infection from this virus. Photo credit: Doug Mayo You may have heard about avian Influenza, otherwise known as “bird flu” in the news over the past few years. Bird flu is a virus, and is in …

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