Got White Mold?

Judging by the condition of area peanut fields I’ve seen this week I would wager that everybody has some, either that they know about, or that they don’t know about. Although climatologists were expecting a warmer, drier summer in the Southeast, locally rainfall has been frequent and abundant. Diverse reports have been coming in: one …

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Sugarcane Aphids Building

I have been out of town for a week, so unfortunately any observations are not my own. However, going by the number of phone calls I’ve received I’m certain  many fields are above treatment thresholds at this time. I was asked to look at a crop of sorghum before leaving last week, and found a great looking …

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Not “Out of the Woods” Yet

 It has been quite a relief to some local farmers, with the grain markets heading upwards and corn mostly past the dent stage, that we will pull off harvest of this corn crop. Corn silage harvest is well underway, and in just a few weeks grain combines will begin harvest. They tell me that the escaped …

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Researchers Help Farmers Fine-Tune Fertilizer and Irrigation Management

  Corn is an important crop grown in the Suwannee Valley to meet the needs of the dairy, poultry, and beef industries.  Farmers report that at current fuel and fertilizer prices, over 50% of a corn grower’s budget is spent on fertilizers and fuel for irrigation. Increasing the efficiency of this large production expense would …

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Do you ever feel like you missed a week of your life? I’m beginning to wonder where time has gone as this corn crop is quickly wrapping up for the season in North Florida. There has been some chatter about Growing Degree Days (GDDs) well ahead of last year. I recently found the coolest tool yet …

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Southern Corn Rust – Check Your Hybrids

The corn growing season has been near ideal so far. If we have had a fertilizer leaching rain event since the first of March, I can’t remember it. We know that the high rates of sunshine (and photosynthesis) in dry years typically lead to our best corn yields with good irrigation management. Except in minor cases, …

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Center Pivot Irrigation For Sale

April and May are traditionally dry periods for farming in North Florida.  Unfortunately, this coincides with rapidly increasing water requirements by the crops we grow.  Corn is particularly challenging this time of year with rapidly increasing plant water demand and large yield impacts of drought stress.  The warm dry conditions throughout May have done little to assist …

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Corn Breeder Visits North Florida

Corn is a major crop in Columbia County and North Florida.  The primary use of locally grown corn is feed for livestock; particularly dairy, beef cattle, and poultry.  Farmers depend on high quality corn seed and hybrids adapted to the challenging soils and climate of North Florida. Following a record national corn crop, an average …

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Farmers Plant Variety Trials

One of the most important decisions farmers can make is selecting the appropriate variety for their conditions. “Conditions” is a broad way of saying soil type, fertility, irrigation, cultural practices, and weather.  Farmers in Columbia County have long been leaders in sharing their farms  with UF/IFAS Extension to install variety trials. In these trials, many …

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Chinese Whispers

Most people know the “telephone game” or a game the world calls Chinese Whispers. In the grade school version, the teacher tells a secret to the first student, and the student take turns sharing the secret with each other. Sometimes the end message matches the original, and other times they are almost unrelated. This week, my life …

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