Monthly Archive: August 2012

How Long Will Food Last With the Freezer Doors Closed?

Living in the Florida Panhandle, dealing with power outages due to tropical storms and hurricanes becomes a familiar routine.  It is important for newcomers and “storm veterans” alike to know how to keep food safe when the power is off.  The following tips may help you save the food in your freezer until power returns. …

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Disaster Preparedness: Frozen Food Safety

(photo credit: dreamstime.com) With the high likelihood that many homes will lose power during the upcoming storm, it’s a good idea to be prepared for an extended power outage. What do you do with all the food in your freezer? * It’s a good idea to put a refrigerator/freezer thermometer in the freezer so you …

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Preparing for Hurricane Isaac

With the Florida Panhandle expecting a visit from Isaac, this may be a good time to “expect the best and prepare for the worst”. Visit http://wp.me/P2qoYc-vh  for links to a variety of practical emergency preparedness information.

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Cotton Leaf Spot Severe

Target spot/Corynespora leaf spot disease has increased in recent weeks and many fields in the county have been treated at least once with either Twinline or Headline fungicides.  The frequent showers we’ve been getting appear to be a critical trigger for disease development and spread. During the past week target spot has caused over 50% …

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Downy Mildew on Cucurbits

Downy Mildew (Pseudoperonospora cubensis) has been spotted in Santa Rosa County on Pumpkins, Cucurbita pepo.  Downy Mildew (DM) can be devastating on cucurbits in fall plantings.  The disease occurs in temperate and tropic areas with adequate leaf wetness, usually by the dew, with high or low rainfall.  It affects most cucurbits including cucumber, melon, squash, pumpkins, and watermelons. …

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Green Industry – BMP Training

As of January 2014 all companies applying fertilizer, commercially “for hire”, will be required to hold a fertilizer applicators license.  In order to obtain this license you must first become GI-BMP certified. 2014 isn’t that far away.  Take the time to attend a class this fall.  Don’t wait to the last minute and have to …

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2012 Peanuts: It Is a White Mold Year

Back in the early spring, University of Georgia Extension Plant Pathologist Bob Kemerait predicted that conditions were going to be right for white mold development in peanuts during the 2012 season.  He based this on the very warm temperatures common throughout the southeastern United States during the winter of 2011-2012 and spring of 2012.  As …

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SNAKES: THEY ARE ON THE MOVE

Florida has more than 40 species of snakes, only six of them are venomous. The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is one of those poisonous species. Although they may attain a body length of 8 feet, it is rare to find a rattler longer than 4 feet as seen in the photo. There are two types of …

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Pest Alert! Walnut Caterpillar

Walnut Caterpillar Damage to Pecan trees has been spotted in North Santa Rosa County. Some trees have been completely defoliated. The larvae feed on Walnut, Pecan, and various Hickory species.  All sizes of the host trees can be attacked, but usually the most damage is isolated to a few specimens.  The greatest amount of injury …

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A Salty Situation

It seems Northwest Florida sure dodged a bullet when Tropical Storm Debbie decided to head east.  The citizens and structures may have dodged the bullet but the plant life had unseen pressures on it.  All of the plants in the coastal region of Northwest Florida have some salt tolerance associated with them if they are …

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