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Crop Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season

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 of the growing season, whiteflies were the major concern across fruit, vegetable and agronomic crops. …

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Why is Nematode Damage Patchy in Crop Fields? How Does this Affect Management Decisions?

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 in one field than another one nearby? ” This question reflects the fact that nematode …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/09/29/why-is-nematode-damage-patchy-in-crop-fields-how-does-this-affect-management-decisions/

Rain Keeping You from Applying Gypsum to Your Peanuts this Year?

Soil calcium in the pegging zone of peanuts can be increased by adding gypsum at early bloom without raising soil pH. Credit: Glenn Harris Area farmers have had numerous challenges to deal with already in this growing season.  With so much rain over the past two weeks, many farmers have had their production schedule wrecked.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/rain-keeping-you-from-applying-gypsum-to-your-peanuts-this-year/

Look Who Is Enjoying the Beach This Spring… An Alligator!

I received a call the week before Earth Day to let me know that an alligator was laying on Pensacola Beach, on the Gulf side, near the gate to Ft. Pickens. This is certainly not something you see every day. Alligator basking on the Escambia River; photo: Molly O’Connnor Two questions came up… One, Is …

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Serving Special Needs Drives this Volunteer

“This group is inclusive, which gives both children with and without disabilities an opportunity to learn from each other.  Our hope is that our group will continue to grow and that through participating in our ASK group, individuals and families might gain the desire and/or confidence, to explore other 4-H groups that are geared toward …

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Salvaging Winter Forage Production this Year

Figure 1. Nitrogen deficient triticale forage. Notice older leaves are yellow and stems have a purple cast. Photo credit: Cheryl Mackowiak Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS NFREC Soils Specialist Cool-season forages took a hit this year from challenging growing conditions. Summer extended into winter, so perennial summer grasses remained competitive with the cool-season forage plantings all the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/18/salvaging-winter-forage-production-this-year/

Give Yourself the Gift of Time This Holiday Season

It’s the season to be jolly, but for many of us it’s the season to be overstressed as well. If getting ready for the Holidays is beginning to feel like a full-time job, start rethinking your holiday plans and consider streamlining, or even scaling back, some of your activities. Following are some holiday survival tips that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/27/give-yourself-the-gift-of-time-this-holiday-season/

Evaluate and Enjoy Your Landscape This Fall

Fall is a good time to evaluate your landscape, learn from what has and what has not worked and formulate plans to improve your landscape. Evaluate problem areas in lawn. Photo Credit: Larry Williams Before your lawn and landscape plants go dormant, do a walk through of your landscape, make notes if necessary and visually …

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This Fall: Pause Before Pruning Spring Blooming Shrubs

Azaleas pruned late in the fall will have little or no bloom in the spring. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat   As fall approaches, our spring blooming shrubs such as gardenia, spirea and azalea begin to look unkempt and overgrown. That means it is time to give them a severe pruning to get them ready for …

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Cotton Marketing News: Where Does This Wild Season Go From Here?

Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cotton Economist Here’s a scene from The Andy Griffith Show: AUNT BEE: Opie, you need to go next door and see Floyd about a haircut. OPIE: But Aunt Bee, those little hairs get down my neck and they itch like crazy. AUNT BEE: Well, after the haircut, go home and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/28/cotton-marketing-news-where-does-this-wild-season-go-from-here/

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