Monthly Archive: March 2012

Washington County Update

    Above normal temperatures and no rain is drying out topsoil at a rapid pace. Over 80 percent of Washington County corn is planted and up. Some watermelons have runners 24 to 30 inches long. Lack of soil moisture is stopping field preparation for planting cotton and peanuts. Weed pressure has started early with pig weed …

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Camphor Shot Borers Show Up In North Florida

  The Camphor Shot Borer: This exotic pest is making it presence known in north Florida in a unique way. When a Jefferson County Master Gardener displayed a plastic 2.5 gallon gasoline container peppered with round holes, it initially was a mystery. But the black spots turned out to be invasive beetles, Camphor Shot Borer beetles …

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Tax Information for Timber Operations

NEW TIMBER TAX PUBLICATION The US Forest Service released the 2011 edition of Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions, a quick-reference guide to timber tax laws impacting woodland owners. Complete with the new tax law updates, this publication provides a timely tax reporting information for the 2011 return …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/03/23/tax-information-for-timber-operations/

Welcome to UF/IFAS Extension’s Panhandle Ag News

UF/IFAS County Extension Agriculture Agents and Ag Specialists will be posting weekly articles with information related to commercial agriculture production and land management.  To sign up to receive weekly email notices of updates to the page, sign up by hitting the “SUBSCRIBE” button at your local County Extension website, or directly at http://subscribe.ifas.ufl.edu  and entering …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/03/23/welcome-to-ufifas-extensions-panhandle-ag-news/

Drought Forecast Suggests Early Peanut Planting this Year

Certainly the rain that fell late this winter has helped replenish the ground water and has refilled ponds that have been dry or nearly dry for some time.  For the first time in months, the Florida Panhandle has moved out of the severe drought category on the drought monitor. Although this is very encouring, the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/03/23/drought-forecast-suggests-early-peanut-planting-this-year/

Audubon Shorebird Stewardship Program comes to Northwest Florida

 Bill Mahan County Extension Director Franklin bmahan@ufl.edu   Are you looking for a great opportunity to volunteer some of your time to help the environment? If so the Audubon Shorebird Stewardship Program might be just for you. This program has already been adopted in a number of places around the United States and in other …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/03/20/audubon-shorebird-stewardship-program-comes-to-northwest-florida/

Deluge of Interest at Extension Rain Barrel Workshop

Carrie T. Stevenson Coastal Sustainability Agent Escambia County Extension ctsteven@ufl.edu With dry conditions, mandated water restrictions in many parts of the state, and rising prices of almost everything, water conservation is more important than ever.  Floridians use more water than any other state for irrigation, and a typical home sprinkler system can account for half …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/03/18/deluge-of-interest-at-extension-rain-barrel-workshop/

Be on the lookout for horseshoe crabs

 Bill Mahan County Extension Director Franklin bmahan@ufl.edu   Spring is around the corner and that can only mean one thing, horseshoe crabs! That’s right it’s horseshoe crab survey time! Horseshoe crab blood looks blue. Photo Credits: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Each spring the scientists Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) look for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/03/15/be-on-the-lookout-for-horseshoe-crabs/

Your Florida Pond – Oxygen Levels, Temperature, and Fish Kills

 Judy Ludlow County Extension Director Calhoun County judy.ludlow@ufl.edu   Extreme temperatures can cause fish die-offs in Florida’s ponds, estuaries, lakes, and rivers.  In large natural areas, these events usually do not cause permanent damage to existing fish populations.  Fish die-offs in smaller ponds, although a natural occurrence, can be of concern to the pond owner. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/03/13/your-florida-pond-oxygen-levels-temperature-and-fish-kills/

Doing Your Part to Protect Water Quality

Carrie T. Stevenson Coastal Sustainability Agent Escambia County Extension ctsteven@ufl.edu Contrary to popular belief, stormwater runoff—not industrial discharge—is the primary source of water pollution in Florida.  During a rain, anything on the ground can be picked up, carried via water, and taken downstream to the nearest body of water.  While newer construction projects require stormwater …

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