Monthly Archive: May 2014

Oriental Persimmons Varieties for North Florida

Oriental persimmon trees are suitable for small scale local production, or for the home gardener. Two species of persimmons are grown in the United States, the American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) and the Oriental persimmon (Diospyros kaki). The American persimmon is a native component of eastern hardwood forests, and produces a small bitter tasting fruit that …

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Timing is Critical for Palmer Pigweed Control

Palmer amaranth growing where the center pivot was located at the time of pre-emergence herbicide application. Photo: J. Thompson Panhandle farmers are busy. Many are still planting peanuts and cotton, some are harvesting wheat and oats, cutting hay, putting out fertilizer and spraying for weeds and thrips. Herbicide applications are going out in areas that …

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Making the Best of a Bad Situation – Storing Large Round Hay Bales Outside

Just because you don’t have a barn doesn’t mean you have to leave your hay unprotected. Picture credit Jed Dillard When large round hay bales came along, those of us who had cut our agricultural teeth on stacking small square bales thought we’d never need to put hay bales in a stifling hot barn again. …

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SE Hay Contest & Quality Hay Producer Directory

If you raise good quality hay, the Southeastern Hay Contest offers you the opportunity to document your quality, gain some recognition for your farm, and new this year, have your farm included in the Southeastern Hay Directory.  Most hay farms are frustrated by the fact they they raise quality hay, but have to sell on …

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Soybean Farmers Keep a Cautious Eye on Expanding Kudzu Bug Populations

Map showing distribution of kudzu bug population from 2009-2014. Source: University of Georgia – Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health University of Georgia – Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health – See more at: http://www.kudzubug.org/distribution_map.cfm#sthash.ELGm7QzL.dpuf University of Georgia – Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health – See more at: http://www.kudzubug.org/distribution_map.cfm#sthash.ELGm7QzL.dpuf Kudzu Bugs …

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Perennial Peanut Field Day June 7

Perennial Peanut Field Day Saturday, June 7th, 2014 9:30 AM EST Registration $ 10 per person UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida   The Perennial Peanut Producers Association and the University of Florida are teaming up to host a tour of ongoing perennial peanut research at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and …

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Be Prepared. Be Ready. Stay Safe: National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014

May 25 – 31, 2014 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week is a good time to prepare your family, property, and pets for severe weather situations. The dangers of a hurricane are numerous:  heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and in our coastal areas, high tide and rip currents. UF/IFAS Extension has information to …

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Beneficial Bugs

Lady bird beetle and aphids. Photo: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS   The most numerous animals on the planet are insects and although less than 1% cause damage to our landscapes, most are viewed as pests.  Many insects perform clean up tasks that keep our environment from being littered with carcasses and trash while others actually attack …

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Rain Gardens Offer Option for Problem Areas of Yard

Rain gardens can make a beautiful addition to a home landscape. Photo courtesy UF IFAS Northwest Florida experienced record-setting floods this spring, and many landscapes, roads, and buildings suffered serious damage due to the sheer force of water moving downhill. That being said, we are just entering our summer “rainy season,” so it may be …

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Alert: Ambrosia Beetles !

Frass (toothpick-like projections) extends from entry holes on a Jeruselum thorn damaged by cold temperatures. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Escambia Extension Winter injury and stress to many trees has attracted granulate ambrosia beetles to landscapes. These beetles mostly prefer weakened trees and cut stumps/logs but have been found to attack some healthy trees …

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