Peanuts Strip-tilled into Bahiagrass

I have been working with an Extension Intern this summer to collect information from farmers about challenges they encounter in integration of cattle and row crops in their operation. Many have indicated labor and expense of preparing grass fields for row crop planting is a barrier to rotation of grass with row crops. We are simultaneously …

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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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Planting Grain Corn Trials (Video)

We planted the Columbia County Grain Corn Trials on 3/14. Conditions were good at the time but we have received about 4″ of rain since we finished planting the field. I worked with the crew from 83 Farms to get these planted on their farm in Columbia County. We installed these plots in a randomized, replicated design, with three …

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Fall Sweet Corn Crop

Did you know….. Florida ranks #1 nationally in the production and value of fresh market sweet corn, typically accounting for approximately 20 percent of both national sweet corn production and of U.S. cash receipts for fresh sales (1). Sweet corn has typically ranked as one of Florida’s four most valuable vegetable crops. During the 2004-05 …

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Cotton Variety Trial (Video)

One of our local cooperating farmers has harvested the UF/IFAS On-farm Cotton Variety Trial. This plot has been put in by the Fulford Farm in Monticello, FL for the past two years. The yield data are not calculated completely, but the Fulford’s said the field is averaging at 2.1 bales per acre and “back of …

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It’s Sunbelt Expo Time

It’s that time of year when farmers, friends, and families throughout the Southeast take a break from harvest and head to the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moulrie Georgia. The Sunbelt Ag Expo is the largest agricultural expo in the southeast attended by over 100,000 visitors! With over 1,200 commercial exhibits and agricultural demonstrations there is …

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Cotton Harvest Kickoff (Video)

Many area farmers have told me that they grew cotton previously in 1994 or 1995. I looked back on price charts and see that cotton was $1.10 per pound in the spring of 1995, so it is not tough to figure out that was the year many of these farmers jumped in. However area farmers did …

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Farmers Report Good Cotton Yields (Video)

Our area had a large increase in cotton acres in 2013 due to favorable prices and interest in crop rotation. Many farmers in the area have been talking about their crops and I am hearing reports ranging from about 1.25 to slightly above 2.0 bales per acre. One bale is 500 lbs of ginned cotton.  Jamie Driggers from …

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Peanut Harvest (Video)

Harvest pictures and videos have been rolling in on email and my smartphone. I anticipated some great things to come from these videos and a few days ago I sat down to figure out what to do with 85 minutes worth of video I had. As I  sit here distressed, the phone is ringing off …

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Georgia Peanut Tour (Video)

Over 200 people recently gathered for the 2013 Georgia Peanut Tour (GPT) hosted by the Georgia Peanut Commission. UF/IFAS Extension Madison County Agent Dan Fenneman and I spent the day traveling through South Georgia and into North Florida with the GPT. We had opportunities to visit Georgia farms, shelling plants, and buying points. Mr. Fenneman …

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