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Florida: Farm City Festival, Marianna, Nov. 3-4

Florida: Farm City Festival, Marianna, Nov. 3-4

👤By Doug Mayo, University of Florida Extension Agent 🕔Oct 16, 2017

For the fourth straight year, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a two-day Farm City Festival, on November 3 & 4, 2017, in Marianna, FL.  If you love antiques tractors or souped-up lawnmowers, this is a unique opportunity.  Antique

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Florida: Hurricane Irma Ag Damages Estimated at $2.5 Bln

Florida: Hurricane Irma Ag Damages Estimated at $2.5 Bln

👤From University of Florida Extension 🕔Oct 16, 2017

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced on October 4, 2017 that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion. In an initial report released today, the Florida Department of Agriculture and

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Florida Cotton, Peanuts: Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season

Florida Cotton, Peanuts: Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season

👤By Ethan Carter, University of Florida IPM Agent 🕔Oct 16, 2017

After back to back mild winters, the 2017 growing season has been a banner year for pests. Prolonged cold weather normally diminishes pest populations, but this year pests of all types survived winter with populations that have increased dramatically. Most

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Florida Peanuts: Good, Bad, and Ugly – Local Crop Conditions

Florida Peanuts: Good, Bad, and Ugly – Local Crop Conditions

👤By Mace Bauer, University of Florida County Extension Agent 🕔Oct 6, 2017

We have been struggling with declining crop conditions locally. It has been an extremely challenging year, with low yields overall. It appears the remainder of the crop needs to come out quickly.

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Florida Peanuts: Nematode Damage and Management Decisions

Florida Peanuts: Nematode Damage and Management Decisions

👤By Zane Grabau, University of Florida Extension Nematologist 🕔Oct 2, 2017

I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of grower fields this summer to assess potential nematode damage and I’ve often been asked this question: “Why is nematode damage worse in one section of a field than another, or worse

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Florida Forage Planting: Read the Seed Tag. It Might Surprise You.

Florida Forage Planting: Read the Seed Tag. It Might Surprise You.

👤By Kalyn Waters, University of Florida Extension Specialist 🕔Oct 2, 2017

Fall is here so it is time to prepare for winter grazing. Once you determine the variety(s) you will be planting (2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida), the next step is to order and purchase the seed. However, not

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Carinata Seed Has Future as Jet Fuel – $15Mln Grant to Push Forward

Carinata Seed Has Future as Jet Fuel – $15Mln Grant to Push Forward

👤Debra L Ferguson, AgFax Staff 🕔Sep 27, 2017

Brassica carinata is a tiny, inedible seed which produces oil that can be turned into renewable jet fuel according to University of Florida researchers. Additionally, the seed can produce other valuable bioproducts and feed for livestock.   The U.S. Department of

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Florida Pecans: Battling Scab in the Panhandle

Florida Pecans: Battling Scab in the Panhandle

👤By Blake Thaxton, University of Florida County Extension Agent 🕔Sep 22, 2017

Pecans are grown throughout the Panhandle of Florida. The western side of the Panhandle tends to be acreage dedicated to home gardeners, while the eastern counties have more commercial acreage. Regardless, many in the agriculture community are interested in pecans,

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Florida Peanuts: Wet Conditions Delay Digging, Farmers Falling Behind

Florida Peanuts: Wet Conditions Delay Digging, Farmers Falling Behind

👤By Mace Bauer, University of Florida 🕔Sep 20, 2017

Peanut harvest in our part of North Florida started in the second half of August with the digging of peanuts planted in the first days of April. Rainfall and, more recently, Hurricane Irma, have put a dent in our progress.

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Florida Peanuts: Determining Maturity – the Three Pile Method

Florida Peanuts: Determining Maturity – the Three Pile Method

👤By Mace Bauer, University of Florida 🕔Sep 20, 2017

The peanut maturity board is the most common method of assessing peanut maturity. However, growers can also use the three pile hull color method. The simple method is to sort pods into one of three piles; white to yellow, orange,

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