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Highlights & Proceedings from the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day

Highlights & Proceedings from the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day

Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo welcomed everyone to the Beef Unit near Marianna.

Over 120 cattle producers, extension agents, research faculty and staff attended the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day that was held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, Florida.  The event consisted of a tour of six demonstrations sites and a presentation at the main pavilion right before lunch.  The NFREC Beef and Forage Program hosts a field day every 18 months, so that both fall and spring cattle and forage management can be highlighted.

Integrating Rhizoma Peanut into Grazing Systems

Dr Jose Dubeux, UF Forage Management Specialist shared the results of two years of data working on a project to integrate rhizoma (aka perennial) peanut into bahiagrass pastures to reduce nitrogen fertilization requirements and boost animal performance.  He has compared a traditional system of bahiagrass and overseeded smallgrains that requires 100 pounds of total nitrogen fertilization per year, to a system with a Bahia/rhizoma peanut mixture plus an overseeded cool-season grass/legume mixture with only 30 pounds of nitrogen fertilization.  Thus far the legume/grass pastures have provided comparable performance to the traditional grass pastures with lower nitrogen fertilization.

Brunswick Grass Overview

Dr. Ann Blount showed tour participants how to identify a troublesome weed in Florida called Brunswick Grass.  This weed is in the same family (Paspalum) as bahiagrass, but livestock do not like to graze it once it starts to mature.  The main challenge with this weed is that the seed is of similar size and weight to Bahia, so it cannot be easily separated after seed harvest in the cleaning process.  There are also no herbicides currently on the market that will control Brunswick grass without injuring bahiagrass.

A More Nitrogen Efficient Soil

Drs. Sunny Liao and Cheryl Mackowiak discussed pasture fertilization and soil health.  Integrating forages and livestock grazing into a crop rotation system can increase soil organic matter and the soil microorganisms that mineralize fertilizer into plant available nitrogen (PAN).  With higher organic matter in the topsoil, plants can access more of the nutrients needed for growth.  Because forages have extensive root systems, developed from longer growth periods than annual crops, soil organic matter is enhanced improving the productivity of a field.  Future UF research will focus on how grazing management and forage systems affect soil health.

Weed ID and Control

Mark Mauldin, Washington County Extension Agriculture Agent shared the results of a pasture weed control and fertilization demonstration.  Eight different pasture herbicides were applied in strips so participants could see their effectiveness on the weeds in the demonstration plots as compared to untreated areas.  He also showed participants a comparison of how mowing, fertilization, and herbicides impacted forage production versus untreated forages.

Balancing Hay with Commodity Byproducts

Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo, UF Beef Specialist and Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director, provided a demonstration of supplementation needed for two different types of hay.  The Beef Research Unit produces both bahiagrass and Bermudagrass hay to feed their cattle in the fall and early winter.  Using the forage test results for the two types of hay and the requirements of a 1200 pound mature cow in late gestation, alternative supplements were measured out and displayed using five-gallon buckets.  Five different byproduct feeds were discussed and compared for use for supplementing the nutrient shortfall of the two types of hay.

Cracking the Bull Buying Code

Kalyn Waters, Holmes County Extension Director and Ken Stewart, Southern Cattle Company discussed bull selection using the performance data provided through the different breed associations.  They shared how producers can establish benchmarks to guide bull buying decisions using the information provided in sale catalogs to identify the bulls of greatest interest before viewing the bulls in person prior to a sale.  With the combination of genetic performance data and visual appraisal, cattle producers can develop a budget and make wiser purchasing decisions as the sale progresses.

Carcass Merit of the Current US Beef Industry

Dr. Chad Carr, UF Extension Meat Specialist shared a summary of the results of the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit.  He highlighted several trends as compared to the previous audits made every five years since 1991.  The main two trends he shared from the recent audit were that carcasses are getting heavier with some improvement in quality grade.  The average carcass weight from the survey was 859 pounds, which was 67 pounds heavier than ten years ago, and 36 pounds more than five years ago.  Of the 7,379 beef carcasses evaluated in the audit, 1% were 1,800 pounds live steers with carcass weights of over 1,100 pounds.  Theses larger cattle also graded 71% choice and prime, as compared to 61% five years ago.

For more details on the information provided at the Field Day, use the following link to access the proceedings from the event:

2017 UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day Proceedings

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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Vegetable Crops Field Day – October 13

Vegetable Crops Field Day – October 13

The 2017 UF/IFAS Vegetable Crops Field Day will provide the latest research information for commercial growers of watermelons, squash, and tomatoes. The event will be held at the North Florida Research and Education Center located at 155 Research Road, in Quincy Florida.

Learn the results of the latest research on…

  • Soil Fumigant Trials

  • Deep Drip Tape Fumigation

  • Deep Core Nematode Sampling Results

  • Cucurbit Disease Trials

  • Bacterial Spot, Bacterial Wilt, & Target Spot Trials

  • Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Trials

Pesticide Applicator CEUs will be provided, along with a sponsored lunch!  This is a free event but we do ask that you RSVP by calling 850-482-9620 or emailing s.farr@ufl.edu.

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Author: Matt Lollar – mlollar@ufl.edu

Matt Lollar is the Jackson County Horticulture Agent. He has 5 years of experience with University of Florida/IFAS Extension and he began his career in Sanford, FL as the Seminole County Horticulture Agent. Matt is originally from Belle Fontaine, AL. He earned his MS and BS degrees in Horticulture Production from Auburn University.

Matt Lollar

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/09/23/vegetable-crops-field-day-october-13/

Florida-Alabama Irrigation Technologies Field Day – September 5

Florida-Alabama Irrigation Technologies Field Day – September 5

Pivot irrigation watering fields. UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham

Join us on September 5, 2017 at Sam and Scott Walker’s Farm (1950 Hwy 99 Walnut Hill, FL 32568) to learn more about new technologies for soil moisture sensing.  The short field day will start at 8:00 am central.

Topics will include Testing the Sentek Soil Moisture Probe on-Farm, Comparing soil moisture sensors, and the FDACS BMP Program. If you need more information or directions, contact Libbie Johnson (850) 475-5230, libbiej@ufl.edu or Kimberly Wilkins, (251) 937-7176, wilkikj@aces.edu.

Pivot irrigation. UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham

 

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Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/

Libbie Johnson

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/25/florida-alabama-irrigation-technologies-field-day-september-5/

WFREC Row Crop Field Day – August 22

WFREC Row Crop Field Day – August 22

Photo Credit John Atkins

Please join us on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM central time for the annual Extension Farm Field Day at  the West Florida Research & Education Center (WFREC) at the Jay Research Facility (4253 Experiment Road, Hwy 182, Jay FL 32565).

The following topics will be covered:

  • Cotton Varieties

  • Fertility Management in Cotton and Peanuts

  • Auxin Herbicide Usage and Weed Control Update in Cotton and Peanuts

  • Caterpillars in Field Crops – What You Need to Know

  • A New Sprayer Design for White Mold Control

  • Soybean Varieties

  • Managing Peanut Varieties

  • Peanut Diseases

  • Disease Resistant Management

The field day, breakfast, and lunch are free due to the generosity of our sponsors.  There will be Pesticide License CEUs available:  1 Core and 5 category in Private, Row Crop, Demo and Research.  If you are in need of CEUs, this is a great opportunity.

 

 

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Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/

Libbie Johnson

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/19/wfrec-row-crop-field-day-august-22/

Pecan Field Day – September 12 – Monticello

Pecan Field Day – September 12 – Monticello

Harvest time is just around the corner for Florida pecan growers. Producers will meet in Monticello on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 for the annual field day and Pecan Growers’ Association meeting. If you’re a pecan grower, or just considering it, the morning’s topics and speakers will be a great opportunity to learn more about the pecan business. The year’s event features guest speakers from the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, and special guest Randy Hudson from Hudson Pecan Company in Ocilla, GA. Randy will give a first-hand look of the future of the pecan industry from an international perspective.

This is free event for Florida Pecan Growers’ Association members, and $ 10 for non-members. You will be able to become a member during event registration. We do ask that you call the Jackson County Extension Office to RSVP at 850-482-9620 or email Matt Lollar at mlollar@ufl.edu, so we know how many to expect for lunch.

Pecan tree grove in North Florida. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

Schedule (Eastern Time)

9:00 – Registration Opens

9:15 – Welcome – Matt Lollar, UF/IFAS Extension, Jackson County

9:20 – Tree Spacing & Orchard Layout – Matt Lollar, UF/IFAS Extension, Jackson County

9:50 – Stink Bug Management – Russ Mizell, UF/IFAS Entomologist

10:20 – Pecan Scab – We’re winning the battle, but will we win the war? – Tim Brenneman, UGA Plant Pathology

10:50 – New Pecan Cultivars – Patrick Conner, UGA Plant Breeding

11:20 – Future of the Pecan Industry – Randy Hudson, CEO Hudson Pecan Company, Ocilla, GA

11:50 – Travel to Simpson Nurseries – 52 Nacoosa Rd, Monticello, FL

12:10 – Tour of Simpson Nurseries & Lunch (Included with registration or membership.)

1:00 – Annual Meeting, Florida Pecan Growers’ Association  

Pesticide Applicator CEUs will be available for field day participants.

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Author: Matt Lollar – mlollar@ufl.edu

Matt Lollar is the Jackson County Horticulture Agent. He has 5 years of experience with University of Florida/IFAS Extension and he began his career in Sanford, FL as the Seminole County Horticulture Agent. Matt is originally from Belle Fontaine, AL. He earned his MS and BS degrees in Horticulture Production from Auburn University.

Matt Lollar

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Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day – August 10

Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day – August 10

Please join us on the morning of August 10th for a Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day hosted by UF/IFAS Santa Rosa Extension.  The event will take place from 8:00 am to 9:30 at Mickey Diamond’s Farm: 3270 Scarborough Road near Jay, Florida.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Soil Moisture Sensor Project Overview and Results

  • Benefits of Soil Moisture Probes

  • Use of small grains, legumes, and mixtures as cover crops

  • Using a summer legume after corn

  • Benefits of cover Crops

  • Estimation of Fall 2017 costs for installation of cover crops

  • Best Management Practices

  • Nutrient availability of legumes for future crops

  • On-farm management of cover crops

  • Explanation of crimper/roller to terminate winter cover

  • Demonstration of petiole sap testing of cotton and other crops

Need more information?  Contact Libbie Johnson at 850-475-5230 or by email at libbiej@ufl.edu.

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Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/

Libbie Johnson

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Peanut Field Day- August 17th (CEUs Available)

The annual Peanut Field Day will be held at the Marianna North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) on Thursday, August 17, 2017 starting with registration at 7:45 AM (CDT) and ending with a sponsored lunch at the nearby Sunland Pavilion.

CEUs will be available at registration. This event has been approved for Florida pesticide CEUs (up to four), Georgia pesticide CEUs, and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs.

Florida: Up to four from list: 1 Core, 2 Private, 2 Ag Row Crop, 1 Demo and Research
Georgia: Commercial (category 21- Agricultural Plant), Private
CCA: Credits

Field tours will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Tour groups will rotate through seven tour stops. Topics to be addressed include insect and disease management, herbicide use, crop production, fertility, and variety updates.

Speakers include Mike Mulvaney (UF/IFAS),  Nick Dufault (UF/IFAS) Ethan Carter (UF/IFAS Extension), Barry Tillman (UF/IFAS), Jay Ferrell (UF/IFAS), David Wright (UF/IFAS), Mark Abney (UGA), and Albert Culbreath (UGA).

Warning!

Reminder – Sunland’s Policies do not allow children under the age of 18 on their grounds.

Download the printer friendly flyer:  2017 Peanut Field Day

NFREC-Marianna
3925 HWY 71, Marianna, FL  32446-8091 Phone: (850) 394-9124

Directions:
From I-10
, take Exit #142 (State Road 71, Marianna). Go north on SR-71 for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto US-90, heading west. Go about 3 miles, then take SR-71 where the road branches off to the right. Follow SR-71 north for about 6 miles. The Center is on the left.

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Author: Ethan Carter – ethancarter@ufl.edu

Ethan Carter is the Regional Row Crop IPM Agent in Jackson County. He earned his BS in Food and Resource Economics, and his MS in Agronomy, both from the University of Florida.

Ethan Carter

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Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day – November 17

Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day – November 17

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Join us on Thursday, November 17th at the West Florida Research and Education Center (4253 Experiment Drive, Jay) for the Fall Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day. Registration starts at 7:45, with informational sessions and tours starting at 8:00 am.

The following topics will be covered include:

  • Using Protected Agriculture and Hydroponics to Meet Demand for High Value Specialty Crops—Bob Hochmuth, SVREC

  • FDACS Best Management Practices for Vegetable Producers—David Cambron, FDACS

  • BMPs—Nutrient Management, Water Protection, IPM

  • High Tunnel trials—Kale, Swiss Chard, & Carrots

  • Marketing to niche markets

 

If you need more information, or to RSVP, please contact Blake Thaxton at 850-623-3868

 

Full Earth Farm - Carrots in Soil Profile

 

 

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Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/

Libbie Johnson

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Sugarcane Field Day – November 7

Sugarcane Field Day – November 7

The Annual Sugarcane Field Day will be held Monday, November 7, 2016 at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), in Quincy where a nursery of chewing, syrup, and crystal sugar varieties are maintained.  This educational event is for anyone interested in learning about and obtaining different varieties of sugarcane for growing on their farm or garden. At the end of the presentations on sugarcane production, registered attendees will be allowed to harvest up to 15 stalks of each variety from the cane nursery, so be sure to bring your own tools to cut stalks and carry them home.

Registration Informationsugarcane

  • Registration fee: $ 10.00 per participant. Make checks/money orders payable to: Gadsden County Extension Education Found. (GCEEF). Pre-registration is encouraged.   You can print the 2016 Sugarcane Field day Brochure which includes a map and directions to the site.
  • Pre-registered attendees will be given first access to the fields. Only those registered will be allowed in the fields.
  • Each participant is allowed to cut a strict maximum of 15 stalks of each variety for seed/propagation materials only.
  • Each participant should bring their own cutting tools and transportation.
  • Registered participants should send a signed note with a representative in order for them to pick propitiation materials on their behalf.
  • To register, call the Gadsden County Extension office at 850-875-7255

Agenda

(All times eastern standard)

8:30  a.m. Registration

8:45  a.m. Opening Remarks

9:00  a.m. Cultural Practices

9:45 a. m. Varieties and Other Updates

10:00 a.m. Cane Cutting Instructions

 

For information about growing sugarcane see Backyard Sugarcane or contact your local UF/IFAS extension agent.

 

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Author: Shep Eubanks – bigbuck@ufl.edu

Shep Eubanks is the County Extension Director and Agriculture Agent in Gadsden County.

Shep Eubanks

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NFREC Vegetable Field Day October 5

NFREC Vegetable Field Day October 5

NFREC in Quincy , tractor, tour, trailer, field, farm.The North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy will be hosting a Vegetable Field Day from 9am-3pm on October 5th at 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351-5677, Phone: (850) 875-7100

Topics to be covered during the event will be disease and nematode management in tomato, watermelon, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Tomato and watermelon varieties for spring and fall seasons will also be discussed. Weather permitting, field plots will be visited to see disease management results first-hand.

This event is free of charge and will include a catered lunch. No registration is required but we request you RSVP to Josh Freeman at joshuafr@ufl.edu to determine a head count for lunch. If you are interested in sponsoring this event please let Josh know that as well.

 

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Author: Josh Freeman – joshuafr@ufl.edu

Dr. Freeman’s program focuses on vegetable and melon cropping systems important to the state and region. Much of his research and extension efforts are focused in the area of soil fumigants and fumigant alternatives for soil-borne pest and weed management. Many of the vegetable crops in Florida are produced using the plasticulture production system. For decades growers have relied on the soil fumigant methyl bromide for pest management. This chemistry is no longer available and Dr. Freeman’s program is addressing this issue.
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Josh Freeman

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