Panhandle Agriculture

Friday Feature: Autonomous Drone Scouting

This week’s featured video was produced by American Robotics to introduce ScoutTM, a fully-automated drone system for farmers.  Scout features season-long automated crop scouting that is autonomous, or pre-programmed for launch, flight, imaging, landing, charging, data management, and drone storage with no piloting required. To improve agricultural decision-making, optimize inputs, and maximize yields,  automation must …

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AgSave$ Workshop to be held in Okaloosa County – February 21

AgSave$ is an initiative to bring personal finance education, such as estate planning, succession planning, and asset  protection for farmers, ranchers, and agriculture producers in Florida. The AgSave$ program is a cooperative program between Agriculture and Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty in the University of Florida IFAS Extension’s Northwest District along with financial industry professionals.  …

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Weed of the Week: Chickweed

Chickweed with flower Photo Credit: Dr. Brent Sellers According to Dr. Brent Sellers, UF Weed Specialist, weeds in pastures cost Florida ranchers an excess of $ 180 million annually. Weeds reduce forage yields and quality. Chickweed is a common winter annual, broad-leaf weed found across the Southeastern U.S., and is one of many weeds that cause …

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MARC Updates Across-Breed EPD Table

Twenty three of the 46 cattle breeds that are annually evaluated for performance at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center.  Source:  US MARC. Bull buying is a challenging craft.  First you have to decide the breed or breeds of cattle you want for your operation, then you have to compare performance of locally available sources, …

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Burlin and Levi Findley Families Honored as 2017 Santa Rosa County Farm Families of the Year

Burlin and Levi Findley Families, 2017 Santa Rosa County Farm Families of the Year On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Burlin and Levi Findley families, of Wild Boar Farms were honored as the 2017 Santa Rosa County Farm Families of the Year, during the 51st Annual Santa Rosa County Farm Tour. The Findleys received the …

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Maximize Your Farm’s Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations and FDACS Cost-Share Program

A producer in the Suwanee Valley took advantage of cost share funds to switch from using a diesel irrigation pump (left) to an electric pump (right). Photo source: FDACS Office of Energy The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Energy is currently offering free energy evaluations, along with cost-share funds to …

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Southwest Alabama Crop Production Meetings – February 15 or 16, 27 or 28

All producers are invited to attend Cotton and Peanut Production Meetings in Southwest Alabama in February 2018.  A meal will be served at all meetings, so please call 251- 867-7760 to reserve your spot. Cotton Production Meetings: Baldwin County – February 15 Farmers’ Federation Building, behind ALFA 21332 St. Hwy 59 S. Robertsdale, AL 36567 5:00 …

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UGA Corn Short Course – February 6

The University of Georgia will host the Georgia Corn Short Course on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center (15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA 31794).  Registration will begin at 8:00 eastern time and the program will begin at 8:30.  Registration for the event is $ 5 per person in advance, or …

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Weed of the Week: Fireweed

Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides) Currently, across the Panhandle of Florida and the Southeast, Fireweed is popping up around structures, fence lines and other areas where bare dirt is present. Fireweed is well known for its stinging hairs that are easily embedded in the skin. These hairs carry toxins that cause extreme irritation for hours, if your skin …

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Meet the Keynote Speaker for the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Join UF/IFAS Extension at the 2018 Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference.  Participants will receive the most current recommendations on vegetable, fruit, and nut production, and much more.  You don’t want to miss the pre-conference farm tour and the opportunity to hear the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Joy Rumble, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, University of …

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