Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses

a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass

A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Monitoring Water Quality in Suwannee’s Springs

Jordana in a spring on the Suwannee

NCBS Intern Report By: Jordana Cutajar, Intern with UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and Darlene Velez of the Suwannee River Water Management District What’s after graduation? An internship! I had always been passionate about environmental science, but was… Read More

Making Healthier Convenience Food Choices

  Convenience foods are foods that require little to no preparation.  Although it helps when you are in a time crunch, sometimes unhealthy choices are made.  Being aware of the healthiest options will make your life easier in… Read More

Some Tips for Determining Winter Forage Needs

hay rolls in field

Here are some tips for determining winter forage needs of the cow herd/ Also attached is the 2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida. Forage species, fertilization program, growing conditions, forage maturity, and harvest management all interact to affect… Read More

Florida Pasture Lease vs Cropland Lease

National Pasture Lease Information Pasture leasing is an annual expense that needs to be factored into annual budgets.  The national average cash rent pasture rates in 2017 are $12.50/acre, which is a decrease of $0.50/acre in comparison of rates… Read More