Precision Agriculture Field Day June 29th

I encourage you to join us at a Precision Agriculture Field Day at 10:30 AM  on June 29th at the Bar D Ranch near Columbia City.  This will be a brief program highlighting many of the technologies used in our local PA project. Technologies displayed include: Veris mapping, grid soil sampling, UAV and satellite imagery, elevation mapping, landscape suitability …

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Florida Olive Field Day

Thanks to Mr. Jonathan Carter from Florida Olive Farms & Mill for welcoming a large crowd of participants to his farm in Live Oak for the Florida Olive Field Day. A large group turned out to learn about opportunities and challenges with this crop. Mr. Carter also showed the group the mill that is used …

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Feeding America…..One PEANUT at a Time (video)

We are wrapping up peanut harvest in north Florida, and farmers are reporting variable results this year. Irrigation had some benefits in our drier areas, although it did not completely alleviate effects of high temperatures this season. Harvesting weather has been near ideal, with few rain events during the months of September and October. The sandy …

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Harvest Season Puts Tractors on the Road

  It is harvest time in North Florida and area farmers are bringing out their harvesting equipment. This is typically the largest equipment on the farm. Larger equipment on the roads can lead to higher risk of equipment to vehicle crashes. Large machinery is designed for the field, and has limited road mobility.  Riding behind …

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Jefferson County Farm Tour Part 1

The Tri-State Row Crop Climate Learning Network was treated to a tour of several farms in the Monticello area, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County. The tour included a visit to the Fulford Family Farm, where Earnest Fulford is effectively integrating bahaigrass and cattle into his cropping system. Earnest had the opportunity to work with a landowner to develop …

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Dust is Flying

After a slow and soggy start to peanut harvest, the dust is flying across North Florida. Here is a short video from the Starling Farm in Suwannee County. The peanuts were dug in good soil moisture and much of that soil dries around the plant roots. The job of the combine head is to knock some …

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Corn Yields are In (Video)

I have summarized the corn yields from the Columbia County Grain Corn Trials hosted by 83 Farms, LLC at a farm in Ellisville,  FL. This local information helps our farmers, Extension, seed dealers, and seed industry to make better management decisions including hybrid selection, and responses of hybrids to particular field conditions and management practices. …

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Get Ahead of White Mold

It seems to me, just like clockwork, the 3rd and 4th week of July brings white mold (Sclerotium rolfsii) to area peanut fields each year. This year is no exception. We are starting to see leaves and stems “flagging,” giving an indication that stem tissue damage is occurring. Some of our farmers are trying to use the …

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Drones for Extension

I have opened countless articles this year that described the important role that drones will play in farming and consulting. From my professional standpoint I wanted to know, “Can a drone play a role in Extension?” I teamed up with Dr. Dan Dourte, UF/IFAS Ag Engineering and Dr. Wendy-Lin Bartels, UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics to consider the suitability of the …

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Share the Road With Tractors

  Many people have commented that there is more farm equipment on area roads at this time of year. That is because it is harvest time in North Florida. This is when area farmers bring out their harvesting equipment which is typically the largest equipment on the farm. It is also the time of year …

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