Small Grains Harvest in Columbia County

Small grains harvest is underway in North Florida. This includes rye, wheat, and oats.  There are not any local milling operations that use wheat for flour, thus the wheat crop is typically delivered to a local elevator and used for a feed ingredient.  Rye and oats are usually saved for bagging and subsequent seed sales in the Fall. …

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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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Spot Blotch in Rye

We continue to struggle with tough conditions for some winter annuals. We are seeing some challenges locally in rye planted for forage and seed. I have only observed this in Wrens Abruzzi, but was informed Florida 401 would likely be more susceptible to foliar disease, but am not aware of any planted locally due to seed shortages. …

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Winter Annuals Struggle in Dry Conditions

Looking back on previous posts on FLACROPS.com, I seem to have an infatuation with the El Nino conditions and the expectations for a possible cool, wet winter in the Southeast. However, some of our local farmers have felt like they just can’t buy a rain on their farm this winter and are wondering “What’s going on, …

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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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Planters Chasing Combines

Throughout North Florida farmers are busy with planters chasing the combine as small grains are being harvested and cash crops planted. We have been blessed with consistent rainfall the entire spring, and there has been plenty of moisture to get crops established without any issues. Most seasons farmers feel like they give up a little yield …

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Harvesting Small Grains for Silage (Video)

See Video Here: Rye Silage Harvest on YouTube Area farmers are beginning to harvest small grains for silage in North Florida. One of our Columbia County farmers recently had a custom harvester in to mow, fluff, rake, chop, and bag a rye crop which will be fed to dairy and beef cows in the area. While rye is not …

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Cold Injury to Oats

I continue to see and hear problems from farmers who are growing Oats this winter. Oats are the most susceptible to cold injury of the small grains we grow in the area and a series of nights with temperatures below freezing are have showed the results. The low temperature of 22 F on January 7th is …

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Crown Rust on Oats

Dr. Ann Blount, Professor of Forage Breeding and Genetics provided the following very important update for winter forage producers. We have a significant outbreak of Crown Rust on Oats state-wide in Florida. Last year, this new strain infected and killed most of our research oats at Quincy and Marianna. We have a new oat that we …

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Florida Wheat Harvest (Video)

B&L Farms of Live Oak, FL have kicked off wheat harvest here in North Florida. This was these young farmers first year growing wheat after their interest was piqued by a farm tour hosted by William Birdsong, Extension Specialist with Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES). William hosted a tour to the Myron Johnson Farm in Headland Alabama where …

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