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Preliminary Results from the North Florida Olive Variety Trial

Olive variety trial at UF/IFAS NFREC-Quincy. Photo credit: Pete Anderson There is substantial interest in growing olives (Olea europaea) in northern Florida and southern Georgia.  Thus far, olives have been relatively pest free, and appear to be a sustainable crop for this region. Olives are native to the Mediterranean region, can live thousands of years, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/14/preliminary-results-from-the-north-florida-olive-variety-trial/

Satsumas Return to North Florida

Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator Tour a Satsuma Grove on October 11 There was a time when citrus production was booming in North Florida. In the 1920’s, Jackson County, Florida, was known as the Satsuma capital of the World. Satsuma is a citrus variety with excellent eating quality that is cold heady …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/30/satsumas-return-to-north-florida/

Armyworms Wreaking Havoc on North Florida Forages

Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Director & Kalyn Waters, UF/IFAS Holmes County Extension Director A sudden, fierce attack of armyworms is currently underway on Panhandle forages.  Livestock and hay producers should be on the lookout for this pest. Recently, cases of infested pastures have been identified in multiple counties across Northwest Florida. Insect pests …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/30/armyworms-wreaking-havoc-on-north-florida-forages/

North Florida Peach Variety Meeting May 31

Peach trees full of fruit. UF/IFAS file photo Researchers at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center have established a variety evaluation trial for peach trees with better adaptation to Florida’s climate.  There will be an informal meeting to share information on these new peach varieties, as well as general cultural and management practices …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/13/north-florida-peach-variety-meeting-may-31/

Spiderwort: A Troublesome Weed Invading North Florida Hay Fields and Pastures

Bermudagrass hayfield with spiderwort spreading from infested road right-of-way in Jackson County. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Michael Durham, Jason Ferrell, and Brent Sellers Figure 1. Spiderwort can be easily identified by its clusters of colorful flowers with three petals. Photo credit: Michael Durham Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis Raf.) is a native perennial species found throughout the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/29/spiderwort-a-troublesome-weed-invading-north-florida-hay-fields-and-pastures/

Cold Protection Tips for North Florida Vegetable Farmers

High tunnel frame, prior to adding plastic sheeting. Photo by Full Earth Farm. While many peninsular Florida farmers do not have to worry about cold protection, farmers in the Florida Panhandle are certainly an exception. Most of the Panhandle is in zone 8b, which means average minimum temperatures are between 15 and 20°F. North Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/07/cold-protection-tips-for-north-florida-vegetable-farmers/

Opportunities and Challenges of Alfalfa Production in North Florida

Figure 1.  Jackson County alfalfa grower Bill Conrad. Photo credit: Doug Mayo J. Dubeux, Jr. and A. Blount, University of Florida/IFAS – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), 3925 Highway 71, Marianna, FL P. Munoz, University of Florida/IFAS – Agronomy Department, Gainesville, FL. Florida has approximately 119,000 dairy cows and a well-developed horse industry …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/06/opportunities-and-challenges-of-alfalfa-production-in-north-florida/

Record Year for NOAA Shark Survey in North Carolina

Most of us remember the string of shark attacks that occurred this past summer in North Carolina; as a matter of fact, according to the International Shark Attack File, it was a record year for that region. Since 2001 there have been 34 shark attacks in North Carolina ranging from 1-5 per year (average 2.4 attacks / …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/19/record-year-for-noaa-shark-survey-in-north-carolina/

Hermit Crabs Add to Summer Fun At North Florida Beaches

A room with a view: a stripped hermit crab sizes up a potential residence Summertime in north Florida is good. Among the premium experiences are leisurely hours at the beach. For many this is a period of relaxation and the opportunity to casually examine what the surf has thrown on the beach. It can be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/18/hermit-crabs-add-to-summer-fun-at-north-florida-beaches/

New Peach Cultivar Trial at the North Florida Research and Education Center

Prunus species require the accumulation of cold winter temperatures to allow for normal bud development and budbreak in the spring. Traditional temperate zone peach and nectarine cultivars require 800 to 1200 hours of cumulative hourly temperatures of 45oF or less during the dormant season, which is much too high for Florida. Dr. Ralph Sharpe initiated …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/21/new-peach-cultivar-trial-at-the-north-florida-research-and-education-center/

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