Panhandle Agriculture

Insect Problems Accelerate this Week in Crops

Mark Mauldin, Washington County agent finding beet armyworms and soybean loopers. Photo: Josh Thompson It’s been a busy week for insect pests, especially caterpillars. It seems that every square mile in Jackson and surrounding counties has armyworms in it right now; including pastures, hayfields, peanuts, soybeans, lawns and anywhere in between. In addition to armyworms …

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Bulls Have Arrived for the 15th Annual Florida Bull Test

Bulls arriving and settling in for the 15th Florida Bull Test.  Photo by Cliff Lamb For the 15th year, the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) is hosting the Florida Bull Test. This year, of the 119 bulls nominated, 102 bulls were received on July 30, 2014. After a three-week adaptation period, bulls will …

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Manage Honey Bees Now to Prepare for Next Year’s Nectar Flow

Proper management of your bees in late summer and autumn provides for successful colony winter survival. This in turn will ensure strong populations of bees to work the 2015 nectar flow. Over everything the beekeeper does hangs the honey producer’s main objective: maximizing bee populations in time for major nectar flows. The next major nectar …

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West Florida Field Corn Variety Tour July 29

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014 • 10:00 AM – Noon UF/IFAS WEST FLORIDA RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER 4253 Experiment Road – Highway 182 Jay, Florida 32565 The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will be hosting a Field Corn Variety Tour on Tuesday, July 29th, at the West Florida Research Education Center near Jay, Florida.  The event …

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Beet Armyworms in Peanut Fields

Cow birds feeding on beet armyworms. Photo: Josh Thompson It’s that time of year when all kinds of insect pests are moving, especially caterpillars. Armyworms have been present but sporadic in hay fields, cotton and peanuts the past couple weeks across the Panhandle. Rome Ethridge, the Ag Agent in Seminole Co. Georgia, has reported seeing …

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Forest Stewardship Mill Tour September 18

Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM CT Green Circle Bio Energy, Cottondale, FL The Green Circle Bio Energy facility in Cottondale is the world’s largest wood pellet plant. It started production in May 2008 with an annual capacity of 560,000 tons. The pellets are supplied internationally to the power generating industry for …

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White Mold Management in Peanuts

The 2014 Panhandle peanut crop is developing at a normal pace. Soilborne disease control programs have begun, mainly targeting white mold.  Some fields are also being treated for foliage feeding caterpillars. As peanut farmers progress further into their white mold management program, they need to take a serious look at the fungicide options that producers …

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Don’t Let Low Fertility Reduce Bermudagrass Potential

Hay barns like this one in Washington County are starting to fill  up again. Fertility management is key to making sure that happens.  Photo credit:  Mark Mauldin It’s mid-summer, rain fall has been adequate, and hay barns are starting to fill up across the Panhandle. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit several Bermudagrass hayfields …

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Summer Insect Report

Flatid adults. Photo credit: Russ Mizell Flatid Nymph. Photo credit: Russ Mizell Vignettes on Summer Insects Russell F. Mizell, III, Professor of Entomology, NFREC-Quincy Planthoppers Mid-summer is upon us and the usual calls and emails are coming in with “What’s this bug?” Usually it is a flatid planthopper (pale green adult picture) and most of …

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2014 Peanut Field Day August 14

The annual Peanut Field Day will be held at the Marianna North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) on Thursday, August 14, 2014 starting with registration at 8:00 AM (CDT) and ending with a sponsored lunch at the nearby Sunland Pavilion. Field tours will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Topics to be addressed include disease …

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