Tag Archive: Pasture

Controlling Prickly Pear after Pasture Establishment

Photo 1. Prickly Pear after cultivation and pasture establishment in Gadsden County. Credit: Shep Eubanks UF/IFAS Prickly Pear is one of those tenacious, tough to handle weeds that you hate to find growing in your pastures and hay fields.  It can be very difficult to control and eradicate.  This weed typically spreads and reproduces via …

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UGA Pasture Insect Alert

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot While doing plot work at the Sunbelt Ag Expo late this week, Dr. Lisa Baxter (a post-doc in our program hired to assist with our stem maggot research) and I observed bermudagrass stem maggot pressure in our bermudagrass stands there. Alicia, Coastal, Russell, Tifton 44, and common bermudagrass had all suffered more than 20% …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/04/uga-pasture-insect-alert/

Pasture Soil Fertility Essential to Prevent Broomsedge Infestations

Broomsedge bluestem goes by many common names; broom grass, broom sage, sage brush, etc. No matter the name it is a sign of poor soil fertility. Broomsedge bluestem, or Andropogon virginicus L. is quite conspicuous this time of year. Its tall stems are the most noticeable feature in many fields. While these tall stems blowing in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/17/pasture-soil-fertility-essential-to-prevent-broomsedge-infestations/

Grazing Management Can Improve Pasture Fertility

Figure 1. Soil nutrient concentration at different pasture locations according to the distance from shade and water; zone 1 is the closest zone to shade and water, zone 2 is an intermediate zone, and zone 3 is the remaining area of the pasture (Dubeux et al., 2006). Jose Dubeux – UF/IFAS NFREC Forage Management Specialist …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/11/grazing-management-can-improve-pasture-fertility/

Growing Pasture Under Shade a Challenging Mix

Establishing pasture under mixed hardwood shade such as this is a challenging situation. By Dr. Henry Grant, Gadsden County Extension Director. Recently, I received a telephone call from a client regarding establishing a permanent pasture of Argentine Bahia for livestock grazing.  In this situation, the client did not want to remove many trees from the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/19/growing-pasture-under-shade-a-challenging-mix/

Get Fired Up About Your Pasture or Hayfield

Burning fields and pastures has many benefits. Burning hayfields or pastures can reduce insect and disease pressure the following summer. Timely late winter burns (late February, early March) can offer several benefits to a hay or livestock producer. Burning off thatch kills annual weed seeds and any insect eggs present in the dead grass. Reducing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/04/05/get-fired-up-about-your-pasture-or-hayfield/

Coral ardisia – An Invasive, Potentially Toxic, Pasture and Woodland Weed

Infestation of coral ardisiaAnn Murray, University of Florida, Bugwood.org Coral ardisia (Ardisia crenata) is an invasive non-native plant, introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s for ornamental purposes.  It is now found growing in hardwood hammocks and other moist woodlands of both wild and grazing lands.  In addition to overtaking native vegetation, this plant is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/08/16/coral-ardisia-an-invasive-potentially-toxic-pasture-and-woodland-weed/

“Why do I have centipede grass taking over my Bahia pasture?” and “What can I do about it?”

Jed Dillard Jefferson County Extension The short answers are “Because of your pasture management” and “Change your pasture management.” Here’s the slightly longer version. After Jefferson County native Ed Finlayson discovered Pensacola Bahia it became widely used in the Deep South because of its low maintenance requirements. However, there are limits to how much abuse …

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UF/IFAS Extension Surveying Bermuda & Bahia Pasture Decline

Tifton 85 hay field with 20% stand loss as compared to last year. Over the last several months, reports of stand losses and decline for both Bermuda and Bahia grass pastures and hay fields have been coming in to Extension Offices across the Southeast.  Some ranchers have lost 25%-40% of their stand in certain fields, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/22/ufifas-extension-surveying-bermuda-bahia-pasture-decline/

Groundpearls in Tifton 9 Bahiagrass Pasture

I recently visited  a farm that was experiencing significant stand loss in an 80 acre field of Tifton 9 Bahiagrass.  Upon closer examination the culprit was determined to be ground pearls, as seen in the photo at left.  This was the first time that this Extension Agent has ever verified ground pearls in a field …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/01/groundpearls-in-tifton-9-bahiagrass-pasture/