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Category: Agriculture

Master Gardener Volunteers Provide Valuable Service to Community

Schefflera plant

Master Gardener volunteers with the UF – Citrus County Extension Service were very busy in 2017 providing a valuable service of gardening solutions to our county. Highly trained volunteers have been hard at work since 1987 with the most… Read More

Identifying Brunswickgrass

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As I have written about in the past, Brunswickgrass also referred to as brown seeded paspalum, is becoming a growing problem in many perennial pastures in the southeast. Due to its physical characteristics brunswickgrass is highly competitive with… 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

Agronomic Crop Fertilization

Proper fertilization is very important when growing field or forage crops. Development of fertilization programs for Florida requires that consideration be given to nutrient requirements for each crop. Soil nutrient levels, reactions of the soil with added nutrients,… Read More

Boiled Peanuts Anyone? Fresh Market Peanut Info.

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Fresh Market “Green” Peanuts Have you ever eaten boiled peanuts?  Boiled peanuts are a staple of the Deep South and many living in the northern regions have never tried them.  Also known as “green” peanuts, fresh market peanuts… Read More

Hay Quality – Not all hay is created equal

Between 600,000 to 800,000 tons of hay are produced every year Domestic grazing animals such as cattle, horses, and goats require conserved forage to maintain weight and health through winter months when temperatures deter forage growth. Hay crop production… Read More

Dirt is a dirty word – The impact of soil health on sustainability

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Dirt is synonymous with filth, clutter, mess, and other descriptors used for things that generally have a negative impact on well being.  That being the case, why should ‘dirt’ be used to refer to one of the most important things to sustaining… Read More