Monthly Archive: December 2015

2016 Northwest Florida beef Conference & Trade Show February 10

2015 Beef Conference presentations The 31st annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, February 10th, in the Agriculture Conference Center, at the Jackson County Extension Office, located at 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, Florida. Registration and the Trade Show open at 7:30 AM central time, the program starts at 8:15 AM, …

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Cotton Marketing News: Ending the Year with a more Positive Outlook

Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cotton Economist Prices. 2015 has certainly been a challenging year. But the marketing year is less than half over and there may yet be better opportunities down the road. Most growers were looking for and holding out for 70 cents on Dec15 futures, and we just never got there—close but …

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When Will the Red Tide End?

This is a question I have been asked several times in the last week. As most of you know the red tide that has been occurring off the panhandle the last few months is still around. Dead fish were reported on Pensacola Beach again the weekend of Dec 12-13 and a few people said they …

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Twelve Days of a Nature Christmas

Tis the season… the days are shorter, the lines at the stores are longer, and everyone is busy getting ready. This newsletter is about natural resources and nature – so I was thinking about how we could all enjoy the spirit of this holiday for the wildlife and for our own peace of mind. Maybe …

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Seasons Greetings

Powell Christmas Tree Farm, Sneads, FL Season’s Greetings from everyone on the Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team.  Make time for family over the holidays and celebrate the accomplishments and blessings of 2015.   Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true …

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Friday Funnies: The DEA Officer & Santa’s Delay

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Officer made an unexpected visit to a ranch in the Florida Panhandle.  He got out of the black, unmarked SUV he was driving, and barked at the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegal drugs.” The rancher, thinking he had nothing to hide, said, “Okay, but do …

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Mark Upcoming Events on Your 2016 Calendar

Whether you got a new calendar for Christmas, or you are just preparing for the year ahead, it is time to start marking down important dates for the coming year.  The following are some of the many Extension Educational Events planned for the first quarter of 2016. Date: January 16   Title: Florida Bull Test …

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Panhandle Ag e-News 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards

2015 was an even more successful year for the Panhandle Ag e-News electronic newsletter project.  There were a total of 258 articles contributed by 37 County Agents and State Specialist authors in 2015.  This year the website registered over 108,044 total web page views as compared to 68,571 in 2014 (56% increase). Word is spreading …

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Radish: The Fastest Vegetable to Market

Radishes. Image Credit UF / IFAS Solutions. I’ve heard it said there’s no such thing as a vegetable that grows fast, tastes good, and is cheap….well they must not have considered the radish! If a fast growing, quick producing vegetable is desired, nothing is better than a radish. Radishes can develop from seed to mature …

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Managing Cow Body Condition has Long-term Impacts

Figure 1. Body condition of Cow-calf pairs shortly after calving affects milk production and reproductive success. (Gainesville, FL; Photo credit: Matt Hersom). Dr. Matt Hersom, Associate Professor, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida The body condition score of a cow and the herd overall is the best indicator of past …

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