Monthly Archive: February 2012

Cold La Niña Surprises Meteorologists and Growers

Clyde Fraisse Assistant Professor University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering cfraisse@ufl.edu According to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), December 2010 was the 3rd coldest winter on record in the Southeast U.S. and the coldest on record in Florida and Georgia. The statewide temperature for December in Florida was more than 9oF (5oC) …

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Summer Time Blues

 Janet Psikogios 4-H OMK Regional Coordinator UF/IFAS Bay County Extension 2728 E. 14th Street Panama City, FL   32401 janetp@ufl.edu (850) 784-6105 (850) 784-6107   Summertime!  It’s almost here.  We all look forward to what we will do during the summer.   Play sports, go to the beach, attend 4-H camp … there are lots of things …

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Cicada Killers

Beth Bolles Horticulture Agent Escambia County Extension bbolles@ufl.edu During the summer months, landscapes are alive with insect activity.  The majority of insects found in home landscapes are not harmful, although the sight of a few may cause some concern.  One insect appears to be threatening but is not is the cicada killer, the largest wasp …

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Research Shows: Volunteerism Promotes Better Health

Melanie G. Taylor Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Agent Gulf County metaylor@ufl.edu The importance of volunteerism has always been strong, but in these tough times of economic hardship, natural disasters, and wartime, the number of volunteers helping those in need are not only helping others, but themselves, too.  Upon entering office, President Obama began a campaign-United …

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Soil Temperature Rules, So Early Planting is Not Always Best

 Daniel E. Mullins IFAS Extension Agent IV Santa Rosa County Extension 6263 Dogwood Drive Milton, FL   32570 danm@santarosa.fl.gov 850-623-3868 850-623-6151   Profitable vegetable production begins with the prompt germination and early, uninterrupted growth from seeds.  If a seedling slows down even once during germination and emergence, it is in trouble.  The results of this condition …

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It’s Bug Time

 Paula M. Davis, Ph. D. Bay County 4-H Agent Bay County Extension Office 2728 East 14th Street Panama City, FL   32401 pmdavis@ufl.edu 850-784-6105 850-784-6107   Summer is a neat opportunity to learn about those creatures that cause many of us to go YUCK and jump back – bugs.  Most insects are beneficial.  Less than one …

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Ganoderma Butt Rot

Ken Rudisill Horticulture Agent Bay County Extension krru@ufl.edu Last month, as I was driving to work, I noticed a Pindo Palm that was definitely dying, or should I say, it was dead. I wondered what killed the tree. As I drove by I stopped and I quickly figured it out. The tree had succumbed to …

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Calibrating Your Oven

Amanda Griffin Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Jackson County amandangriffin@ufl.edu Those potatoes should be done by now.  As a matter of fact, it took longer to bake the brownies last night, too.  I need to check to see if the oven is baking at the temperature it says. There is the problem!  It is 20 …

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AgriVine

What is Florida SART (State Agricultural Response Team)? SART is a multi-agency coordination group consisting of governmental and private entities dedicated to strengthening all-hazard disaster capabilities through partnerships. Florida SART will support an effective and coordinated incident response for the animal and agricultural sectors in the State of Florida.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and …

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Tips for Summer Camp FUNdraising

Sherri Kraeft Wakulla County 4-H Agent Wakulla County Extension Office 84 Cedar Avenue Crawfordville, FL   32327 sjkraeft@ufl.edu 850-926-3931 850-926-8789 Tips for Summer Camp FUNdraising Every child wants the opportunity to attend summer camp, but some are unable to due to financial hardships on their families. In order to alleviate this problem, many counties have begun …

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