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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Prospective Plantings – Chew on This

The USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service released their 2015 Planting Intentions Report this week. There is always room for debate about reliability, and this report certainly has the web buzzing. I don’t have much to add beyond what is in print, but wanted to share the highlights as they might relate to our markets. You …

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Go Nuts! It’s National Peanut Month

Wait! Not so fast! Even though March is National Peanut Month, local farmers are still waiting for the right conditions to begin planting their peanut crop. Recent research at the University of Georgia has cautioned farmers to wait until soil temperatures reach 68 F at the 4” depth. This work has shown that peanut seed …

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Watch My Corn Pop Up In Rows

Corn planters are starting to hit the fields of North Florida and we are seeing emergence on the first planted corn. Conditions have been near optimum for corn seed germination and plant emergence. I am always amazed at the process of a seed to develop into a plant and harvestable crop. The most amazing part is that it begins …

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Row Crop Economic Sustainability Workshop, March 17th

We are looking forward to a great panel of speakers for our Row Crop Economic Sustainability Workshop on March 17th at 4:00 PM. Agricultural Economists from University of Florida and University of Georgia will discuss important topics such as Crop Enterprise Budgets and Grain Marketing. Because we are looking at negative returns in some cases, we will also …

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Winter Forages After Sunn Hemp

We have been working with Sunn Hemp as a summer cover crop on a production scale for about 5 years now. This is a fast growing, nitrogen fixing legume that thrives in a warm climate. One local farmer plants a couple irrigated fields each year after the corn crop is harvested. These are fields that have two …

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Farmers Spraying Burndown Herbicides

In this area of North Florida corn planters are usually rolling by the first week of March. I suspect there may be one or two going already. However, February weather has been a bit unnerving for most as they are ready to get the cropping season underway. I was a bit surprised when I looked at …

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