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June Weather Summary and July Forecast

June Weather Summary and July Forecast

National Weather Service estimates for June 2107 rainfall across the Florida Panhandle

June was certainly a much wetter month than May.  Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Gulf Counties received 15″ of rainfall (dark purple) with large areas of more than 20″ (white).  Tropical Storm Cindy brought much of the extra rainfall for the month.  The eastern counties were less affected by this storm, but most of the Panhandle received more than 10″ (pink) in total for the month.

The University of Florida’s Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) weather stations provided more specific rainfall totals for the region in June.  The highest total was recorded at the Jay station with 20.3″.  This station recorded rainfall on 20 of the 30 days in June.  The Carrabelle station recorded 16.8″.  Only the Quincy and Monticello recorded less than 10″ in June.  All six stations, however, recorded considerably more rain than the June historic average for each location.  Through the first half of the year, only the Monticello location is direr than average.  The Jay station has recorded 40.4″ so far in 2017 (half of total came in June).  Monticello by contrast has only received 22.9″ thus far.  The average rainfall for all six stations was 30.6″ from January through June.

The good news is that all of the rain from Tropical Storm Cindy ended the drought in Florida.  At the end of May, only 17% of Florida was not listed in one of the drought categories.  Just one month later the entire state is considered drought free.

Temperatures were also affected by all the cloudy, rainy days as well.  At the Marianna station, the average air temperature only increased three degrees from May to June.  The average soil temperature rose only two degrees.

The high temperature for the month of June was 91° on 23 and 24, when the sun peeked out long enough to heat things up.  The low temperature was 63° on June 9th.  There was one strange occurrence on June 20th.  It was a very cloudy, rainy day with only 2° difference between the high and the low temperature for the day (72°-74°).

Us the following link for a more detailed report of daily rainfall and temperatures recorded at the Marianna FAWN station:  17 Jan-June Jackson County Weather Summary

July Outlook

Looking ahead, the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is expecting higher than normal temperatures for the month of July, with no clear expectation for rainfall for the month.  Typically, July is the wettest month of the year in the Panhandle providing 6-7″ historically, so normal rainfall should be more than adequate to continue to support lush pasture and crop growth, with minimal irrigation.  If you have been working outside this week, you know that it has already heated up considerably as compared to June.

El Niño Alert

There had been a fair amount of discussion earlier in the year about the possibility of another El Niño this fall.  At this point in the year, it seems that a neutral fall and winter are more likely.  It is still too early in the year for forecasters to accurately predict, however.
ENSO Alert System Status: Not Active. ENSO-Neutral conditions are present.  Equatorial sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are near-to-above average across most of the Pacific Ocean. ENSO-Neutral is favored (50 to ~55% chance) through the Northern Hemisphere fall 2017.   Climate Prediction Center
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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

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/08/june-weather-summary-and-july-forecast/

Mead Making Workshop – June 17

Mead Making Workshop – June 17

The Jackson County Master Gardeners are hosting a Mead Making Workshop on Saturday, June 17 at the Jackson County Agricultural Center Classroom, 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, FL. Registration opens at 8:30 AM (Central Time) and the event will end at 2:00 PM.

Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting honey. Mead is described in various writings from Aristotle, Pliny the Elder, and in the epic poem Beowulf. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know in order to make your own mead at home!  You will go home with a small carboy, airlock, honey, and yeast.

Mead Making Workshop Flyer

The registration fee is $ 35.00 and covers lunch and all materials and equipment to make your own mead. The workshop is limited to 24 participants. For more information, please see the Mead Making Workshop Flyer. You can pay at the door, but we do ask that you call the Jackson County Extension Office to RSVP at: 850-482-9620 or email mlollar@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/2017/06/02/mead-making-workshop-june-17/

4-H Horse Health Clinic Scheduled for June 13th

The Area A 4-H Horse Advisory Committee is pleased to welcome Dr. Bess Darrow, DVM and Mr. Billy Blackman, Professional Farrier to our first Area A 4-H Equine Clinic.  Our focus will be on overall equine health, as well as dental and hoof concerns.  There is no fee for this clinic but you must register on Eventbrite by June 5th. Lunch is provided for current 4-H members.

After the workshop, participants may make appointments and bring their horses to have dental and hoof work done.  *Fees will apply. To make appointments you will need to contact Dr. Darrow or Mr. Blackman personally (see flyer for contact information.)

The Area A Horse Advisory Committee is planning a series of both educational and competitive events for youth enrolled in the 4-H Horse and “Horse-less” Horse Projects this coming 4-H year!  For more information about the Florida 4-H Horse Program, contact your local UF/IFAS County Extension Office or visit one of these links:

Florida 4-H Horse Project Page

Florida 4-H Horse Events (UF IFAS Animal Sciences)

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Author: amgranger – amgranger@ufl.edu

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June Panhandle Weather Summary

June Panhandle Weather Summary

NWS June 16 rainfall estimatesJune 2016 was fairly typical for the Florida Panhandle with much warmer temperatures and scattered afternoon thunderstorms with highly variable rainfall.  In the graphic above you can see the hot pink areas that received more than 10″ and dark red regions that received more than 8″ in June.  In contrast the beige areas received less than 5″ and the tan less than 4″ of rain in June.

16 Jan-Jun Panhandle RainfallThe six Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) stations also showed the variation in rainfall across the Panhandle in June 2016.  Monticello had a surprisingly wet month with over 9″ collected, while only 3.5″ fell near Marianna, less than 100 miles to the west.  Because of the extra rainfall in April and June, Monticello received 37.7″ which was 9″ above the historical average for that location.  Through the first half of 2016,  Marianna had the lowest total through June with only 26.6″ which was 1.5″ below the historic average for that location.  The other four stations were above average through the first six months of 2016.

16 Jan-Jun Marianna FAWN ChartTemperatures certainly warmed up significantly in June with a 7° increase in the average air temperature as compared to May, and a 5° increase in average soil temperature.  There were 3 days in June with high temperatures over 95°, with a high of 97° on June 25, 2016. For daily totals download the 2016 Marianna Jan-Jun Weather Summary.

3 Month Outlook

16 July through September OutlookThe Climate Prediction Center’s (CPC) forecast for the next three months, July through September, calls for above average temperatures and above average rainfall.  Hopefully there will be adequate rainfall to compensate for the higher temperatures.  With most of the Panhandle above average so far, it should turn out to be a pretty decent crop year.  To this point Florida has stayed out of the US Drought Monitor, hopefully that trend will continue.

 

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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

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/16/june-panhandle-weather-summary/

Forestry Seminar June 30

Forestry Seminar June 30

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Forestry SeminarForestry Harvest photo

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Walton County Extension Office

9:45 am2:00 pm

Come learn about the latest on forest herbicides, cogon grass control, predicting future growth of your southern pines, cost-share programs and grazing livestock in the pines.

AgendaCogongrass UGA Bugwood

  • 9:45 – Registration
  • 10:00 – Welcome, Introductions – Mike Goodchild, Walton County Extension Director
  • 10:15 – Growth and Yield Model for Southern Pines – Dr. Jarek Nowak
  • 11:15 – Farm Service Agency Update – Daina Odom, FSA County Executive Director
  • 11:30 – Natural Resource Conservation Service Update – NRCS District Conservationist
  • 11:45 – Florida Forest Service, Cost Share Update- Daniel Stevens, Region 1 CFA Coordinator
  • 12:00 – Lunch- sponsored by Farm Credit of Northwest Florida
  • 12:30 – Cogongrass control update, Use of forest herbicides for forest management- Dr. Pat Minogue, UF, Forestry Extension Specialist
  • 1:30 – Longleaf Understory Management with Cattle- Charles Simon, Covington County Extension Coordinator
  • 2:00 – Participant Discussion, Adjourn

Download the printer friendly flyer:  2016 Walton County Forestry Seminar

Cost $ 5includes lunch

RSVP by Wednesday, June 27
Call 850-892-8172 or email: haneyc@ufl.edu

For more information:

Mike Goodchild
UF / IFAS Walton County Extension
732 N. 9th Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
(850) 892-8172

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Author: Michael Goodchild – mjgo@ufl.edu

Michael Goodchild County Extension Director Walton County (forestry)

Michael Goodchild

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Horse Genetics Online Extension Course begins June 27

Equine genetics course headerIntroducing a new Extension Course:  Horse Genetics

Location: 100% Internet based course

Certificate of completion awarded at the conclusion of the course!

Instructor: Dr. Samantha Brooks

Teaching Assistant: Laura Patterson Rosa, DVM

Cost: $ 200.00

Course Description: The art of horse breeding has shaped equine genetics since domestication, yet most horse professionals have little understanding of the fundamentals of genetics. In this six-week, online extension course we will examine the underlying mechanisms and inheritance of a number of traits in the horse. Concepts covered will include coat color, genetic disease, parentage testing and some insights on complex traits of performance and behavior.

Target Audience: Horse breeders, equestrian enthusiasts, people working in the field of Veterinary, Animal Sciences or Biology, horse trainers and equestrian professionals. Anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the horse genetics field.

Class Dates: June 27 to August 5, 2016

Course Objectives: This short extension course focuses on making recent developments in horse genetics accessible and applicable for the everyday horse person. Although some prior knowledge in basic genetics is helpful, it’s not essential for completing this course. At the conclusion of this course students will have the ability to:

  • Use the principles of inheritance to predict phenotype, based on genotype.
  • Evaluate pedigree records for genetic health as well as marketability.
  • Describe the symptoms and implications of genetic disease in the horse.
  • Understand the complexity of genetic diversity, breeds and registries.
  • Advantageously utilize available genetic tests to plan a breeding program.

This equine genetics course is 100% online, with weekly modules that can be fulfilled according to the student’s personal time schedule. Each week, a new subject in equine genetics will be approached, for a total of SIX modules. In each module, the student will find pages with suggested reading and instructions, two narrated slideshows, comprehension tests and activities. The subjects covered in this course will include basic Mendelian genetics, equine genome, coat color and patterns of white, parentage testing, genetic diseases, gait and other subjects of common interest.

Register for the Equine Genetics Course:

UF Horse Genetics Course Registration

Print and share the course flyer with others who might be interested:

Horse Genetics Course Flyer

Instructor Background:  Dr. Samantha Brooks

Samantha BrooksA lifelong horse woman, Dr. Samantha Brooks was diverted from vet school by a budding passion for equine research. Following a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Biotechnology, Dr. Brooks remained at the University of Kentucky to study at the Gluck Equine Research Center. While there she earned her PhD in Veterinary Science, specializing in Equine Genetics under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest Bailey. Following her PhD she was awarded the Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the expression of inflammatory genes in horses affected with laminitis. At Cornell University she was responsible for the Equine Biology and Management course for six years. Her research program explores a variety of topics relevant to horse health ranging from gene expression studies to mapping of genetic disorders in the horse. Previously her research group discovered genetic mutations and markers for coat colors, height, sarcoid tumors and two neurological conditions.  Ongoing work targets variation in gait, susceptibility to infectious disease, metabolic syndrome and skeletal defects using genome wide association, genome re-sequencing and transcriptomics.

 

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Author: Jennifer Bearden – bearden@ufl.edu

Agriculture Agent Okaloosa County

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June Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

June Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Research Unit, Marianna, Florida.   At the end of each month, Panhandle Ag e-News will share management reminders for the upcoming month. Links to useful publications with more information are also provided.

4 wheeler sprayerJune Management Reminders

Cattle Herd Management

  • Monitor horn fly population and use dust bags or spray as needed

  • Check mineral feeders

Pasture Management

  • Remove cattle from bahiagrass fields to be used for seed harvest in mid to late June

  • Begin grazing summer annuals when forage canopy is at least 20 inches tall and remove cattle after being grazed to 10 inch stubble height

    • Use limit grazing for 2-3 hours to acclimate cattle and stretch grazing days

 Pest Management

 

Use the following link to download the entire Cattle & Forage Management Annual Calendar:

Panhandle Ag Team Cattle & Forage Management Calendar

 

Developed by the Panhandle Agriculture Extension Livestock and Forage Team:

Doug Mayo, Cliff Lamb, Mark Mauldin, Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Jose Dubeux, Jay Ferrell, Jennifer Bearden, NicolasDiLorenzo, Shep Eubanks, Jed Dillard, Mike Goodchild, Roy Carter, Henry Carter, John Atkins, and Kalyn Waters

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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

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/28/june-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

Pond Management Trainings Tuesday Evenings May 31st and June 7th

Pond Management Trainings Tuesday Evenings May 31st and June 7th

pondweeds 3Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment. However, properly managing them to meet your desired goals can be challenging. Panhandle Pond Management, a two part series being offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. Specialists from campus will be onsite to share their expertise. Dr. Chuck Cichra, UF Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, will lead session 1 and Dr. Stephen Enloe, UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, will lead session 2.

Session 1 – May 31st Fish Management will focus on decisions that the pond owner can make that directly relate to the success and productivity of the fish population in a pond. Stocking, harvesting, feeding, aeration and other topics will be covered.

Session 2 – June 7th Aquatic Weed Management will involve weed identification, control options, and herbicide application techniques. If you have problem weeds bring samples for identification and control recommendations.

Panhandle Pond Management will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley FL. Each session will begin at 6:00pm; a meal will be served. To ensure we have enough food advanced registration is strongly encouraged. There is a $ 10 registration fee per session. To register call the Washington County Extension Office (850-638-6180) or use the links below for online registration. Session 2 attendees will receive a copy of Weed Control in Ponds a bound book sold through the IFAS bookstore.

Online Registration

Session 1 – https://goo.gl/Rwn9dk

Session 2 – https://goo.gl/zj58o6

 

Pond Mgmt Flyer current

 

 

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Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu

Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/about/

Matthew Orwat

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Pond Management Workshops May 31 and June 7

Pond Management Workshops May 31 and June 7

Managing a pond can be both rewarding and challenging. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Managing a pond can be both rewarding and challenging.
Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment. However, properly managing them to meet your desired goals can be challenging. Panhandle Pond Management, a two part series being offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. Specialists from campus will be onsite to share their expertise. Dr. Chuck Cichra, UF Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, will lead session 1 and Dr. Stephen Enloe, UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, will lead session 2.

Session 1 – May 31st Fish Management will focus on decisions that the pond owner can make that directly relate to the success and productivity of the fish population in a pond. Stocking, harvesting, feeding, aeration and other topics will be covered.

Session 2 – June 7th Aquatic Weed Management will involve weed identification, control options, and herbicide application techniques. If you have problem weeds bring samples for identification and control recommendations.

Panhandle Pond Management will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley FL. Each session will begin at 6:00pm; a meal will be served. To ensure we have enough food advanced registration is strongly encouraged. There is a $ 10 registration fee per session. To register call the Washington County Extension Office (850-638-6180) or use the links below for online registration. Session 2 attendees will receive a copy of Weed Control in Ponds a bound book sold through the IFAS bookstore.

Online Registration

Session 1 – https://goo.gl/Rwn9dk

Session 2 – https://goo.gl/zj58o6

 

Pond Mgmt Flyer current

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Author: Mark Mauldin – mdm83@ufl.edu

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Washington County. My program areas include livestock and forage, row crops, and pond management.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu

Mark Mauldin

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/22/pond-management-workshops-may-31-and-june-7/

Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7

Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7

As water temperatures increase aquatic weed growth increases. Be sure to monitor ponds closely and control weeds before the problem gets too large. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment. However, properly managing them to meet your desired goals can be challenging. Panhandle Pond Management, a two part series being offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. Specialists from campus will be onsite to share their expertise. Dr. Chuck Cichra, UF Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, will lead Session one, and Dr. Stephen Enloe, UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, will lead session two.

Session 1 – May 31st Fish Management

  • Focus – decisions the pond owner can make that directly relate to the success and productivity of the fish population in a pond. Stocking, harvesting, feeding, aeration, and other topics will be covered.

Session 2 – June 7th Aquatic Weed Management

  • Focus – weed identification, control options, and herbicide application techniques.

    Important!

    If you have problem weeds, bring samples to Session 2 for identification and control recommendations.

Panhandle Pond Management will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley FL. Each session will begin at 6:00pm central time and a meal will be served. To ensure we have enough food, advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

There is a $ 10 registration fee per session. To register, call the Washington County Extension Office (850-638-6180) or use the links below for online registration. Session 2 attendees will receive a copy of Weed Control in Ponds a bound book sold through the IFAS bookstore.

Online Registration

Download and print the program flyer:

Panhandle Pond Management Workshop Series Flyer

 

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Author: Mark Mauldin – mdm83@ufl.edu

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Washington County. My program areas include livestock and forage, row crops, and pond management.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu

Mark Mauldin

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/07/panhandle-pond-management-workshops-may-31-june-7/

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