Monthly Archive: January 2013

Camellias in the Panhandle

White by the Gate, Magnoliaeflora, and Spellbound Camellia japonica flowers Are you looking for an evergreen shrub with showy flowers in the fall or winter? Look no further than an old Southern favorite, the camellia. Large camellias dot landscapes of historic homes throughout the Florida Panhandle, and although they look like they’ve been here forever …

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E-10 FUEL Advice for Boaters

Boaters should consider additional fuel prep when a boat will not be in use for an extended time period. Photo Courtesy of Florida Sea Grant Since the introduction of 10% ethanol to gasoline (E-10 fuel) many boaters, including yours truly, have had problems with fouled fuel filters and marine engines not running at their top …

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Dog News You Can Use

As a dog owner, I’ve always been told to not let your dog have chocolate because it is poisonous for them to eat. Well, a question that I’ve had for years is “How much chocolate can a dog eat before it has a health problem?” My curiosity finally got the best of me (I must …

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Escambia and Santa Rosa County Extension offer Irrigation Workshop for Row Crop Producers

Because of increased irrigation throughout Northwest Florida, UF IFAS Escambia and Santa Rosa County Extension are partnering to offer a morning workshop to help producers better utilize their irrigation systems and improve farm profitability.  We have three guest speakers that will be discussing topics pertinent to cotton, peanuts, and corn (see the schedule below).  Please …

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Horse Deworming Strategy to Save Money

Horse pictured was dewormed only twice last year based on FEC Horses may only need to be dewormed two to three times per year.  The active ingredient in commercial dewormers need to be rotated to prevent resistance. The best approach for worm control in horses is to utilize fecal egg counts (FEC) to determine which horses merit …

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Grow A Salad This Winter; Lettuce Easy To Grow, Delicious

Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is extremely easy to grow, delicious and so attractive that any gardener – whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden or even a garden in containers on a balcony – should include it in the garden. …

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Reliable Ground Orchid

A hidden surprise in many gardens this time of year are the delicate blooms of terrestrial orchids.  One species that is a consistent bloomer along the Gulf Coast is the Chinese ground orchid, Bletilla striata.  Although foliage and flowers may be sensitive to cold weather, the preferred growing conditions under tree canopies often offer this …

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Water Management Summit of Northwest Florida to be held at Niceville Community Center January 31

Water Management Summit Flyer. Great Speakers and Topics for Irrigation and Turf Professionals. Water is a precious natural resource that often makes headlines. Here in Northwest Florida we have Areas of Special Concern in which it has been determined that availability will not meet the needs as our population grows. Now is the time to …

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Seasonal Drought Outlook 1-17-13

Drought conditions are expected to continue over the next three months in the Southeast. Provided by:  Clyde Fraisse, Agricultural & Biological Engineering cfraisse@ufl.edu 90-day Outlook Summary A seasonal forecast is the best available prediction of what our climate will be like in the next few months. It is different from a weather forecast in that individual …

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FWCC seeks input from Farmers

Deer damage to soybeans in Okaloosa County FWCC Seeks Public Input on Deer Management in the Panhandle The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) announces a series of public meetings on deer management in the Florida Panhandle to which all persons are invited. Times and Locations: January 29th, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. …

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