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Friday Feature: The Gluten Free Issue

Friday Feature:  The Gluten Free Issue

David Schechter is a news reporter for WFAA News in Dallas Texas who likes to get answers to questions people have on hot topics through video segments he calls Verify.  This week’s featured video was a Verify segment David produced on the Gluten Free craze sweeping across America.  David does a great job interviewing experts that explain the truth about gluten and why this has become an issue for some American consumers, but also debunks some myths about modern wheat production.


If you enjoyed this video, you might want to check out the featured videos from previous weeks:  Friday Features

If you come across a humorous video or interesting story related to agriculture, please send in a link, so we can share it with our readers. Send video links to:  Doug Mayo



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.

Doug Mayo

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Watch for a Lameness Issue in Cattle, called Corkscrew Claw

Watch for a Lameness Issue in Cattle, called Corkscrew Claw

Selk Corkscrew ClawGlenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

Corkscrew claw is a defect that causes severe lameness in cattle and is most often observed in cattle over 3 years of age.  This is a condition that most commonly occurs on the hind legs.  Corkscrew claw (also called screw claw) is a twisting of the toe in a way that places the side wall of the hoof in direct contact with ground.  The condition often begins to show itself with toes pointing inward instead of forward and leads to lameness due to improper distribution of weight within the toe.

Corkscrew claw may be confused with founder.  Have your veterinarian look at any cow or bull with poorly shaped or overgrown toes.  A correct diagnosis could be important as to the culling of that particular animal or any of its offspring.

The genetic component of corkscrew claw seems to be a subject of some debate.  One study in dairy cattle reported a low heritability of the condition.  However, that same study noted that there was sizeable difference in breeds as to the incidence of screw claw.  Beef cattle veterinarians occasionally report that the condition is much more prevalent in some herds and relationships can be traced back to a certain bull that was used in that herd.  The American Association of Bovine Practitioners Fact Sheet An Approach to Corkscrew Claw includes a bullet statement:

Regarded as being a heritable trait.  The use of animals as breeding stock showing characteristic signs of CC (corkscrew claw) at a young age should be discouraged.

Although this condition may not be manifest in young cattle (when they are purchased for seedstock), it still makes good sense to watch for any signs of corkscrew claw when buying bulls, replacement heifers, or replacement cows.  Culling cows or bulls that are diagnosed with this condition, as well as their heifer offspring should reduce the incidence of the problem for your herd.



Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu


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Deer Depredation: A Serious Issue for Okaloosa Farmers

Deer Damage in a Cotton Field in Okaloosa County

Deer Damage in a Cotton Field in Okaloosa County

It has been a rough year for Northwest Florida farmers!  The excessive rainfall has made it difficult to control traditional pests in wet fields.  Add to this frustration a pest that is hard to control in good years, and you have a very disappointing season.  The deer have made it nearly impossible to farm some fields, especially those near lands managed for hunting such as Wildlife Management Areas.

It is estimated that 200 acres of cotton had to be replanted this year, just in Okaloosa County due to the deer eating the young cotton plants.  In a 2009 University of Florida study, farmers lost an estimated $ 2.8 million dollars in cotton to deer in 9 northwest Florida counties.  The study states, “The high percentage of acreage of some crops lost to deer suggests a need for changes in deer management in the region.”  However nothing has been done yet to alleviate this problem.  Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) organized a Technical Assistance Group this past winter to address this and other issues related to how deer hunting is managed in the Panhandle, and are proposing some changes for the future:  http://myfwc.com/hunting/by-species/deer/dmu/#zoned.  Currently, FFWCC is seeking input through a survey:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/zonedantlerlessproposal.  It will be important for farmers to add their opinions to this discussion.

For more information on this topic please see the following publications:

Farmer Perceptions of Wildlife Damage to Row Crops in North Florida

Coping with Deer Damage in Florida



Author: Jennifer Bearden – heady@ufl.edu

Agriculture Agent
Okaloosa County

Jennifer Bearden

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Gardening in the Panhandle Summer Issue

Alex Bolques
Editor, Horticulture Agent
Gadsden County Extension

As we enter the second half of the year, July is typically hot and humid.  You may also expect frequent afternoon thunderstorms, as we have also entered into Florida’s rainy season.  Remember to stay hydrated while working in the garden and protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet radiation (sunlight).

Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new rules on rating sunscreens.  While these will not take effect for another year, (two years for small sunscreen manufacturers), the rule helps to clear up confusion about which product to use.  According to FDA, a broad spectrum SPF 15 product, if used as directed with other sun protection measures (see product label), reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, as well as helps prevent sunburn.  As a general rule, sunscreen should be applied twenty minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours or after swimming or sweating. 

In this issue, you will learn about some of the easiest ways to identify the correct time to harvest your summer vegetables, tips on how to manage trees in the landscape to reduce windstorm or hurricane damage, lawn care considerations, cicada killers, Ganoderma butt rot on palms, and use of buttonbush in the landscape.

Gardening in the Panhandle

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/02/04/gardening-in-the-panhandle-summer-issue/

Living Well in the Panhandle Spring 2011 Issue

Judy Corbus
Living Well in the Panhandle Newsletter Editor
Washington and Holmes Counties

It’s hard to believe summer is knocking at our door – it seems like New Year’s Day was just last week!  The warmth of summer ushers in an abundance of fresh produce.  Farmers’ Markets are open, offering a colorful array of fruits and vegetables to enhance your meals – contact your county Extension Office for locations near you.  Careful handling of fruits and vegetables is important in reducing foodborne illness risk.  Check out “Keeping Your Melons Safe” for easy tips for enjoying their fresh taste safely. 

Will you have children in your home this summer?  “Encourage Kids to Be Healthy Eaters” offers fun, practical ways to help children develop healthy habits and promote family togetherness.   Do you have a hobby or skill you can share with a 4-H Club?  Research shows volunteering can boost your health and many opportunities exist in your community.  Check “Research Shows:  Volunteerism Promotes Better Health” for details.  We also have information on planning for your retirement (it’s never too early to start!), the Master Money Mentor Program, using water wisely, and calibrating your oven.

Have a fun, safe summer (don’t forget your sunscreen and hat!) and contact your UF/IFAS Extension Office for the latest information on nutrition, food preservation, money management, lawn care and gardening, and many other topics to help you find solutions for your life!

Living Well in the Panhandle

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Panhandle Agriculture Spring 2011 Issue

Judy Ludlow
County Extension Director
Calhoun County

Springtime, Springtide, or Vernal Equinox; however you describe this time of year, it is here!  Spring is a time of change, and renewal; change in the weather, and renewal of nature.  The soil is warming, seeds are sprouting, and the weather is unpredictable.  I found the following quotes to be appropriate for this issue of Panhandle Agriculture!

Photo Credits: http://www.animalspedia.com/wallpaper/Spring-Chicken/

“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” ~Mark Twain


“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”  ~Margaret Atwood

Don’t you agree?  It is a sweet smell indeed, and agricultural producers everywhere are preparing–preparing their fields for crops of food and fiber. 

In this issue of Panhandle Agriculture you’ll find a variety of information including articles on our changing climate, the importance of soil temperature, herd health, etc.  We hope you enjoy this issue of Panhandle Agriculture, and as always, if you have any questions or comments, please contact your local County Extension Agent.  Our phone numbers, addresses, and emails are listed on the last page of this newsletter.

Panhandle Agriculture

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