Monthly Archive: March 2013

Avoid the Dreaded “Volunteer Burnout”

Spring and summer seasons can seem like a busier time than normal for 4-H volunteers.  Between 4-H/Tropicana, shooting sports matches, volunteer trainings and upcoming summer day camps, 4-H becomes a world of its own with wonderful youth development opportunities to teach needed life skills to our youth.  However, with the busy season approaching, concern of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/29/avoid-the-dreaded-volunteer-burnout/

Design a Butterfly Garden

Photo courtesy of David Davidson Butterflies are not only beautiful to look at in the landscape; they serve as important pollinators of  fruiting plants. Attracting them to the garden and incorporating some features to get them to stay and reproduce involves advanced planning. Some steps to achieve butterfly garden optimization are outlined below. Choose a location that provides …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/27/design-a-butterfly-garden/

Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 3rd): Tropical Soda Apple & Lionfish

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 3rd: Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) & Lionfish (Pterois volitans): Tropical Soda Apple Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mullahey, UF, Bugwood.org Tropical Soda Apple: Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell.” It was first noticed in south Florida, but its seeds …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/25/invasive-species-of-the-day-series-march-3rd-tropical-soda-apple-lionfish/

Easter Egg Safety

Dye one set of eggs for hiding and another set for eating. If an Easter egg hunt is on your calendar for the holiday weekend, follow these tips for safe, quality hard cooked eggs.  Dr. Amy Simonne, University of Florida/IFAS Food Safety Specialist, recommends choosing Grade A or AA eggs with clean, uncracked shells.  Store …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/25/easter-egg-safety-2/

Improving Water Quality and Bringing Back the Bayous

Those who have lived in the Panhandle area for many years will remember the days when our local bayous were places people water skied, kids learned to swim, and fishermen brought home plenty of speckled trout.  But today we see little of this.  Water quality within our bayous has declined to a point that the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/23/improving-water-quality-and-bringing-back-the-bayous/

2013 Florida Beef Research Report

The University of Florida has Beef Cattle & Forage Research Units near Gainesville, Marianna, and Ona, Florida. University of Florida Beef Cattle Research Reports The University of Florida Animal Science Department just released the 2013 edition of their annual Beef Cattle Research Report.  The links below provide direct links to specific summaries of the most recent research …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/22/2013-florida-beef-research-report/

Gulf Coast Small Farms – Spring Field Day – May 10

UF/IFAS NW District Extension agents and the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center have joined forces to provide relevant hands on training for the Small Farmers of northwest Florida and surrounding areas by developing the Gulf Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises program.  This Spring Field Day will be a sneak peek at what the program will offer …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/22/gulf-coast-small-farms-spring-field-day-may-10/

Calibration of Pesticide Applicators: Boom Sprayers

It is important to calibrate your pesticide applicators on a regular basis especially as you head into the new crop season. Now is a good time to calibrate your boom sprayers as you head into the new crop season.  Calibration is not a difficult process if you understand a few principles of calibration.  It is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/22/calibration-of-pesticide-applicators-boom-sprayers/

“Sodbuster” Radish- an Alternative for Winter Cover Crops

This field of “Sodbuster” radish is a new alternative winter cover crop. On the corner of US 29 and FL 97 in northern Escambia County, people have been wondering what crop Eric Koehn (local producer), planted in the fields late last Fall after he harvested.  The answer is a mixture of “Sodbuster” radish and oats. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/22/sodbuster-radish-an-alternative-for-winter-cover-crops/

Spring Appearance of Ground Bees

Several ground bee burrows are shown above in this Marianna lawn. Ground bees lay their eggs in borrows, from which, adult ground bees will emerge the following year. Photo taken by Josh Thomposn The panhandle has experienced warmer weather during the past week, and as the air has warmed and the soil dried, a particular …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/22/spring-appearance-of-ground-bees/

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