Monthly Archive: April 2017

May Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle developed a basic management calendar for cattle producers in the region.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, …

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Pregnancy Testing Cattle to Save Money

Two replacement heifers raised at the NFREC Marianna Beef Unit. If you could only pick one, which one would you want in your herd? The heifer on the right was heavier, longer, wider, and in better condition.   It is a trick question.  The one on the left was pregnant, and the one on the right …

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Nominate Bulls for the 2017 Florida Bull Test May 1 – June 15

Young bulls from across the Southeast will be evaluated for efficiency in the 2017 Florida Bull Test. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Nominations will be accepted for the 2017 Florida Bull Test from May 1, 2017 through June 15, 2018. The Florida Bull Test is the only test in the southern United States that offers feed …

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Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?

Marketing fresh produce effectively is key to business sustainability. The local food movement has grown tremendously over the past several years. People have become more interested in how their food is produced and where it comes from. New farms have popped up to try to satisfy this demand. You might be one of these new …

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The How and Why of Preemergence Herbicide Incorporation for Row Crops

Peanut plots showing rows with and without Valor preemergence herbicide application. Credit: Jay Ferrell Preemergence herbicides are a powerful way to prevent weed infestations before they start.  In our current climate of glyphosate and ALS-resistant weeds, a good preemergence program is more valuable than ever.  However, method and timing of application dramatically impact the efficacy …

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Friday Feature: White Angus developed at the University of Florida

This week’s featured video highlights the White Angus breed of cattle being developed at the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education in Ona, FL.  These are not purebred Angus, but a line of cattle that are approximately 3/4 blood Angus that have dark skin but light colored haircoat.  When White Angus cows are bred to …

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Converting from Pines to Pastures? Control Weeds before Planting

Converting timberlands to pasture releases weed seeds that often have been dormant for years.  In Walton County, bracken fern emerged in a newly established bahia pasture. Credit: Mike Goodchild With the continued expansion of beef cattle in our area, pasture and hay land is becoming scarce for new producers, and others interested in expanding their …

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Start Preparing Now for Whiteflies this Fall in Vegetable Crops

Metalized plasticulture may be a worthwhile investment this fall to disrupt high populations of whiteflies, aphids and thrips that built up from another mild winter.  Credit: Josh Freeman I realize that most vegetable producers have just settled into their spring crops, everything is well on its way, and you can put it on maintenance mode …

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Farms are Dangerous Places for Kids to Work and Play

Tractors are responsible for 41% of fatal accidents for kids under the age of 15 on farms, yet 4 out of 5 kids raised on farms regularly ride on tractors with family members. Source: Childhood Agricultural Safety Network. There are approximately two million farms in the U.S. There are also approximately 900,000 kids who live …

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Friday Feature: Portable Chainsaw Sawmill

This week’s feature video highlights a handy innovation for farmers and ranchers.  A tool that allows you to uses your ladder and chainsaw as a portable sawmill.  Norwood Sawmills makes the PortaMill that landowners can use to convert logs into valuable lumber for less than $ 1,000.  With the PortaMill, you use your chainsaw as …

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