Monthly Archive: December 2013

Thinning Vegetable Seedlings

For best root development, thin carrots to 2-3 inches between each plant. Many common cool season vegetable garden plants are started in raised beds by direct planting of seeds. It is important to follow the guidelines in the ‘Monthly Vegetable Planting Guide’ (Page 6) for plant spacing and seed depth.  It is possible to thin out seedlings …

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Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor Day!

East Bay Holly. Photo by Mary Derrick, UF IFAS   Important! The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.  ~Chinese Proverb In Florida, Arbor Day is always celebrated on the third Friday of January. In 2014, Arbor Day falls on Friday, January 17. Consider planting a …

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Winterizing Garden Tools

Garden Tools. Photo courtesy: UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions Due to a lack of snow, Florida’s winter landscape chores are relatively uncomplicated. However, that doesn’t mean they’re unimportant. As the growing season comes to a close and gardeners mow, snip and spade for the final time, it’s time to consider proper cleaning and storage of all that …

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Forest Certification Workshops January 9 & 23

Forest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills, & More 2 dates and 2 locations: January 9, 2014 – 9:00am to 3:00pm UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, Marianna, FL January, 23 2014 (RESCHEDULED) – 9:00am to 3:00pm UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, DeFuniak Springs, FL Consumers are increasingly concerned about the origins of the products they buy and …

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Florida Arbor Day

Author Sheila Dunning removes tree from nursery pot and prepares for planting.Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.  The second best time is Arbor Day 2014.  Florida recognizes the event on the third Friday in January, so the next one is January 17, 2014. …

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New University of Florida Peanut Varieties for 2014

Two new peanut varieties, FloRunTM ‘107 and TUFRunnerTM ‘727’, from the University of Florida will be available for planting in 2014.  Both varieties were selected for high oleic oil chemistry, as well as disease resistance for high yield potential. High oleic peanuts have been naturally selected for a higher level of a healthier monounsaturated fatty …

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Panahandle Ag 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards

Panhandle Agriculture e-News was started in April of 2012, to keep farmers and ranchers informed about best management practices, current issues, pest alerts, ongoing research, and upcoming educational events.  County Agents and State Specialists published 207 articles in 2013.  All total, the project generated over 36,000 web page visits in 2013.  Use the comment section …

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Florida Bull Test Sale January 18

L& L Cattle Company, Marianna, consigned the top performing bull in the 2013 Florida Bull Test. Their Simmental bull, LLCC Big Jake Z211, gained 5.31 pounds per day on the 112 day test. The 14th annual Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education center near Marianna.  There …

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Season’s Greetings from the Panhandle Ag Team

The County Agents and State Specialists that make up the Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team wish you and your family Happy Holidays!  Your Panhandle Ag Team will be enjoying a week with family and friends to relax and rest up for the year ahead.  2013 was quite a year, and it is hard to believe that …

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What the Buzz About Bees? An Update from the Beekeeping Trade Show

On November 1-2, 2013, the Northwest District Agriculture and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents Program Implementation Teams collaborated to offer classes during the annual Beekeeping Field Day and Tradeshow held in Chipley, FL. Attendees learn about bee hive maintenance. This third-annual event was part of the Florida State Beekeepers Association yearly conference and had …

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