The next Perennial Peanut Field Day will be held in Quincy on June 1st.
Perennial Peanut Producer’s Field Day
Saturday, June 1, 2013
UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center – Quincy, Florida
Schedule (Eastern TIme)
8:30 a.m. Registration
8:55 a.m. Welcome Field day logistics
9:00 a.m. Use of perennial peanut in livestock diets. Dr. Nick DiLorenzo, NFREC Marianna
9:30 a.m. Latest weed control efforts in perennial peanut. Mr. Josh Thompson, Jackson County Extension
10:00 a.m.. Flowering and Height trials of new P. Peanut Varieties. Dr. Gary Knox, NFREC Quincy
10:30 a.m. Plant physiology considerations in perennial peanut production. Dr. Diane Rowland, UF Agronomy Department
11:00 a.m. Hay Market perspective, Ornamental market Perspective, Thoughts on producer cooperative or bulk buying for cost reduction. Richard Cone, Cone Farms; Clay Olson, Taylor County Extension Office; Dr. Ann Blount NFREC Quincy
11:30 a.m. Research update on winter over seeding in perennial peanut for hay or grazing. Dr. Cheryl Mackowiak and Dr. David Wright, NFREC Quincy
12:00 Noon Sponsored lunch
1:00 p.m. Research Tour
- Peanut fertilization trials. Dr. Ann Blount
- Tour herbicide trial result demonstration. Josh Thompson
- Tour ornamental perennial peanut variety trials. Dr. Gary Knox
2:00 p.m. Adjourn
For more information:
Download the flyer: 2013 Perennial Peanut Field Day
For directions: NFREC in Quincy, FL
Register online or day of event:
Perennial Peanut Producers Association
P.O. Box 352,
Madison, FL 32341
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Bahia, Peanut & Cotton rotation study at UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Unit.
The UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center will be hosting a Sod-based Crop Rotation Field Day on Thursday, June 21 at the Beef Research Unit north of Marianna. The tour will provide stops that focus on the benefits of a sod-based rotation such as: water conservation, soil organic matter and root growth, soil microbial populations, diversifying with cattle, and environmental impacts. There will also be information presented on farming techniques for the sod-based system, seasonal weather predictions, and the use of climate information in farming decision making.
Registration for the Field Day begins at 9:00 AM central time and will conclude at approximately 2:30 PM. The Field Day is free, and lunch is included in the event. For additional information, download the flyer: Sod-based Rotaion Field Day or contact Tina Gwin: 850-482-9124 extension 101.
Driving directions to the Beef Unit: The Beef Unit/Bull Test is located 1.4 miles west on highway 162 from the traffic light in Greenwood. The unit is 11.4 miles east of highway 231 on highway 162. From I-10, take highway 71 north at exit 142, through Marianna to Greenwood (approximately 11 miles). An alternative for those coming from the east on I-10 is to exit at 152 at Grand Ridge and take Highway 69 to Greenwood. From Dothan, AL take Highway 231 south and turn left on Highway 162. The NFREC Beef Unit is located at 4925 Highway 162, Greenwood, Florida, 32443 for those of you using a GPS device.
Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/01/nfrec-sod-based-crop-rotation-field-day-june-21/
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers. Common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase; and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.
BQA programs have evolved to include best practices around good record keeping and protecting herd health, which can result in more profits for producers. When better quality cattle leave the farm and reach the market place, the producer, packer, and consumer all benefit. When better quality beef reaches the supermarket, consumers are more confident in the beef they are buying, and this increases beef consumption.
Every rancher and their employees should get BQ certified. Also, ranchers who sell in the Alabama or Georgia board sales are required to have current BQA certification. If you were trained in 2006, when the Florida BQA training team came to Marianna for the Beef Conference, your certification is out of date. Producers have two options to become re-certified or to gain initial certification.
There will be a BQA training held on Tuesday, June 12th at the Coffee County Extension Office at New Brockton from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This training is free of charge, but be aware that no meal will be provided at this event. For more information on this event, contact Rickey Hudson, Regional Extension Livestock Agent, 334-726-6814.
The other option is to receive the training online. The training module for cow-calf producers takes approximately 3 hours to complete. There is a $ 25 registration fee to receiving the certification from the online modules. To access the online BQA training go to: http://www.bqa.org/Florida.aspx
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The 2011 Florida Bull Test was a success with 62 bulls averaging 3.3 pounds per day. For the second year, individual feed efficiency was measured with the data made available to bull sale buyers. Bull sale prices were up about $ 500 from the previous year, and averaged a record $ 2,860 per bull.
It is time to nominate bulls for the next test to be held from August 21 through December 12. These bulls will be eligible for the sale that will be held on January 19, 2013. The deadline to nominate bulls for the 2012 Florida Bull Test is Friday, June 15.
The total cost for consigning a bull to the test is $ 850. There is a non-refundable $ 50 per bull nomination fee that is applied towards the total cost of the test. The additional $ 800 can be paid upon delivery of the bull, or it can be split into two installments: $ 450 upon delivery and $ 350 on or before January 4, 2013.
All of the forms, rules, schedule and additional information are available on the Florida bull test website: http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/fl_bull_test/ or by calling the Research Station 850-394-9124.
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- Bumble bee with full pollen basket. Photo Credit: Tony Willis, wikipedia
The Florida Game and Wildlife Conservation Commission, UF/IFAS Extension, NRCS, Wild Turkey Federation, and the Jackson Soil & Water District will be hosting the Panhandle Pollinator Conservation Short Course on Thursday, June 21. The Short Course will be held at the Jackson County Extension Agriculture Conference Center, located at 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, in Marianna. Registration begins at 8:30 AM Central, with the program starting at 9:00. A sponsored lunch will be provided. The program will conclude with a tour that is scheduled to start at 2:15 PM. The training and lunch are free, but pre-registration is required. RSVP with the Extension Office at 850-482-9620before close of business Monday, June 18.
Topics on the agenda include:
- Pollination biology, economics, and native bee case studies
- Pollination strategies used by various pollinators
- Native bee ecology, and nest sites
- Native plants for pollinator habitat, wildflower site preparation, planting, and establishment
- Bee-friendly land management, natural and semi-natural habitat, mitigating pesticide damage, protecting nesting sites, artificial nesting sites, and long-term habitat management
- Current Farm Bill provisions, USDA programs for pollinator conservation, plant selection, and seed sources
- Native pollinator planting tour at the UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Unit, north of Marianna.
For additional information download the Pollinator Short Course Flyer, or contact: Arlo H. Kane, Northwest Region Coordinator, Office of Conservation Planning Services, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (850) 767-3616, email: email@example.com
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The Florida Forest Stewardship Program will host the Grow Timber Revenue workshop on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the Jackson County Extension Agriculture Conference Center, in Marianna. This program will provide guidance on timber management and marketing strategies to increase returns from harvests, reduce costs, and encourage forest management for its many benefits.
Currently, many landowners see little financial incentive for tree planting, management of current stands or replanting after the rotation. Planting and fuel costs are high and stumpage prices for timber products are low. All factors combine to discourage interest.
Registration begins at 9:00 AM Central, and the program will conclude around 3:00 PM. A $ 10 fee will be collected at the door to cover the cost of lunch and materials. Please pre-register online at
Those without web access can reserve a space by contacting the Jackson County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620. Space is limited so please register early. For more information, download: Grow Timber Revenue Flyer Questions about this or other Forest Stewardship Program activities can be directed to Chris Demers at 352-846-2375, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Auburn University will be hosting the Alabama Cow-calf Conference on Friday, June 15, at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena. The full day program begins at 8:00 AM Central and concludes with a steak dinner. The 2012 focus will be: Meeting Global Beef Demand One Cow and Calf at a Time.
The following topics will be discussed on the program.
- There is Excitement and Opportunity for Top Managers in the Cattle Industry!
- Management tools for meeting beef demand
- Opportunities to Lower Your Cow-Calf Cost of Production with 300 days of grazing
- Responsible herd expansion to meet beef demand
- Marketing Feeder Calves in Economic Packages
- Forage and co-product systems for the cow-calf sector.
- Have fundamental shifts in the market changed the optimal system?
- Profitable Pre-Weaning Calf Management Practices
- Adding Pounds and Value Post Weaning to Feeder Calves
Break Out Sessions (Choose 2)
- Functional, practical facility design
- Tagging, Implanting and other cool management techniques
- Managing your water resources: drought or not
- Managing Risks In The Cow- Calf Business
There is a registration fee of $ 60 per person, with registrations received by June 1, and $ 75 per person after June 1. To register and get more information on the Conference, go to the website: http://www.aces.edu/animalforage/2012AlabamaCow-CalfConference.php.
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