Monthly Archive: February 2016

Friday Funny: The Guard Mule

This week’s joke was sent in by Cheryl Vergot, Tallahassee, FL. Thanks for sharing Cheryl!   As is most often the case these days, a young farmer married a cute city-girl who grew up in a nearby town.  Soon after their fancy, country-club wedding, the farmer prepared for a visit by his city-bred mother-in-law, who …

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UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day April 15

2016 University of Florida NFREC Beef & Forage Day April 15, 2016 at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna, FL $ 10/person Registration Fee Beef cattle producers find themselves challenged by rising input costs. Given the magnitude of increased expenses, producers are intently focused on the bottom line while seeking both economic and production efficiencies. …

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The Kiwano and Pepino: Crops for the Back Forty

The USDA defines specialty crops as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” This definition is very broad and as you will soon find out, some crops are extremely special. Two crops new to me, Kiwano and Pepino, struck my interest because of their big price tags. The Kiwano or …

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Brunswick Grass: a Weed Contaminant in Bahiagrass Seed Production Fields

Ann Blount, Jay Ferrell, Anthony Drew, Jose Dubeux, and Cheryl Mackowiak (in cooperation with Johnny Melton, Jack Melton Family, Inc.) Brunswick grass (Paspalum nicorae Parodi), sometimes referred to as “Brown seeded paspalum,” is becoming a problematic weed in summer perennial grass pastures in the southeast. Brunswick grass is a perennial summer grass, with a similar …

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Friday Funny: The Shingles

Kevin inherited a 200 acre farm from his father.  He worked very hard for several years, but just could not earn enough to provide for his family.  So, he started working in town driving a delivery truck part-time to provide additional off-farm income. Those of us who have spent much time in a doctor’s office …

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2016 Beef Conference Highlights with Links to Presentations

Click to view slideshow. The 31st annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference was one of the best in the long history of this event.  175 people attended the event this year that featured seven presentations and a trade show of 28 companies and organizations that provide products and services to the cattle industry in the Southeast. …

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UGA Peanut Update provides Recommendations for 2016 Production

Farmers will need to be very strategic to be profitable growing peanuts in 2016.  Photo: John Atkins After the 2015 growing season, depressed prices, areas of no rain for 8 weeks and yields ranging from zero to dancing around the 6,000 pound per acre mark, Santa Rosa County producers are looking toward the 2016 season with …

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How Much Winter Forage Do Cattle Consume in a Day?

Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC You often hear from university cattle specialists, extension agents, nutritionists, your neighbor, and anyone else you may ask about winter supplementation, that planning ahead is one of the keys for success. By making sure we know how much feed resources we will need (hay bales, stockpiled …

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Cotton Marketing News: February Report Not a Valentine

February has thus far been a brutal month for cotton prices. Old crop May16 futures prices have lost 4 cents per pound and new crop Dec16 futures have lost over 3½ cents. This represents a 6% loss in value just within the past 10 days or so. Both old crop and new crop futures prices …

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Friday Funny: Valentine’s Surprise

Last week the joke of the week picked on the menfolk.  This weeks funny is on the women. A group of farmers’ wives regularly met for coffee on Friday mornings in a small Florida Panhandle town.  The conversations varied each week, but many times were spent venting about their husbands who work long hours, are …

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