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Summer Rain in the Florida Panhandle

ARTICLE BY DR. MATT DEITCH; water quality specialist – University of Florida Milton Summer is a great time for weather-watching in the Florida panhandle. Powerful thunderstorms appear out of nowhere, and can pour inches of rain in an area in a single afternoon. Our bridges, bluffs, and coastline allow us to watch them develop from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/29/summer-rain-in-the-florida-panhandle/

Snails have Invaded the Western Panhandle

Snails on cotton. Photo credit Sam Lincoln Snails on corn. Snails have invaded some local areas throughout northern Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties this summer. The snails are tan colored, high and conical, with mature snails about ¾ to 1-inch long. They have been found in extremely high numbers in some crop fields, including corn, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/14/snails-have-invaded-the-western-panhandle/

Cogongrass Spreading in the Panhandle

A recent increase in the spread of cogongrass has landowners scrambling to find ways to stop this invasive plant. There are ways to combat cogongrass, with positive identification and persistent treatment being paramount. Figure 1: From left to right, Cogongrass Infestation, Uneven Mid-Rib, and “Toothpick” Root. Credit: Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Cogongrass (Imperata …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/cogongrass-spreading-in-the-panhandle/

Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns

Slime Mold Sporangia. Image Courtesy Matthew Orwat Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn,  slime molds are rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the small round fruiting bodies of a special type of fungal-like organisms called Myxomycetes. While regularly present in the soil, they usually make a visual appearance on …

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Manatee Sightings in the Panhandle

On May 7, 2017 Marsha Stanton spotted a manatee swimming by her pier in Big Lagoon near Pensacola. I am sure this was an exciting moment and Marsha was interested in letting someone know so that the unusual encounter could be logged. Manatee swimming by a pier near Pensacola.Photo: Marsha Stanton There are four species …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/manatee-sightings-in-the-panhandle/

Sea Turtles of the Panhandle: 2016 Nesting Numbers and Notes

There are five species of sea turtles that nest from May through October on Florida beaches. The loggerhead, the green turtle and the leatherback all nest regularly in the Panhandle, with the loggerhead being the most frequent visitor.  Two other species, the hawksbill and Kemp’s Ridley nest infrequently.  All five species are listed as either …

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Our Panhandle Springs Provide a Magical Experience

Imagine yourself as an early settler, migrating with your family into the area known as La Florida, with the hope of staking a claim and building a new life. You’ve heard stories of horrendous mosquitos, fierce native peoples, deadly snakes, and giant alligators. Regardless, the promise of abundant fish and wildlife, a year-round growing climate …

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Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle

Ethan Carter, Crop IPM Regional Agent and Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder Crop aftershocks related to last week’s weather conditions (cold, overcast, and wet) were felt this week across in the Florida Panhandle. Growers reported a variety of symptoms in their oat fields, ranging from what appeared to be viral discoloration, fungal diseases, and cold damage. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/24/field-report-sick-oats-in-the-panhandle/

2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights

Click to view slideshow. The annual Panhandle Row Crop Short Course was hosted by Jackson County Extension on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Extension Specialists from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama spoke to attendees providing production recommendations and various management tips for row crops farmers. Continuing education units (CEUs) were offered at the event for those with a restricted …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/11/2017-panhandle-row-crop-short-course-presentations-and-highlights/

Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle

F. Iriarte, X. Martini, M. Paret, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Quincy, and E. Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin Co. Extension Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as Yellow Shoot or Citrus Greening is a devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease is caused by a bacteria named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. This bacterium is transmitted by …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/04/disease-alert-citrus-greening-and-asian-citrus-psyllids-found-in-the-panhandle/

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