Agriculture Classes & Events

2017 Lunch & Learn Series

Come join Madison County Extension and Townsend's Livestock Market for an educational/informational Lunch & Learn Series.
WHERE:  Townsend's Livestock Market
REGISTRATION:  Free Lunch provided by sponsors,  nor prior registration needed.  For questions contact Madison County Extension at 973-4138
FLYER
March 28th - Weed Control
April 25th - Grass Farmer & Forages
May 30th - Florida Cattlemen's Association
August 22nd - Bull Selection
September 26th - Herd Health
October 31st - Winter Feeding & Supplementation

Transplant Workshop - October 12, 2017

The UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (SVAEC) near Live Oak, Florida will be holding a Transplant workshop on October 12, 2017.  Topics to be covered include:  Seed, tray & media selection, Scheduling, Seeding methods & tips, Maintenance & care, Hardening & Transplanting.
The workshop is being offered by the Small Farms Academy.  Hands-on activities will take place inside a greenhouse where participants will be able to learn how to grow healthy transplants from seed.
WHERE:  Madison County Extension (184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340)
WHEN:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 8:30AM to 4:30PM
REGISTRATION:  Registration is $50 per participant which covers materials, lunch and refreshments.  To register online visit http://www.2017Btransplants.eventbrite.com or contact Dilcia Toro at 386-362-1725 x102 or email dtoro@ufl.edu for more information.
FLYER/REGISTRATION FORM

2017 Cool Season Forage Workshop - October 16 & 26, 2017

The North Florida Livestock Agent's Group will be conducting a Cool Season Forage Workshop at two seperate locations.  Topics Include:  Cool Season Forage Update; Economics of Cool Season Forages and Hay Production; and Winter Supplementation and Nutrition of Beef Cattle.
WHERE/WHEN:  Duval County - October 16th (1010 N McDuff Ave, Jacksonville, FL) or Suwannee County - October 26th (8202 CR 147, Live Oak, FL).  Both meetings will begin at 6pm and a meal will be provided.
REGISTRATION:  Registration is $15 in advance, $25 at the door per participant.  To register online visit http://bit.ly/2wpoJae If you have questions about registration, please contact Jane Griffin at 386-362-2771.
FLYER

Certified Pile Burners Course - To Be Rescheduled

The Florida Forest Service and University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting a Certified Pile Burners Course on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  This course will show you how to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently.  Most importantly, it could save a life.  If you burn piles regularly, don't put off registering for this training.  When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn.  Also, certified pile burners are allowed to burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple day authorizations.  Don't wait.  The number of trainings offered and attendance at each training is LIMITED.
The first fifty individuals to provide the five registration requirements will be registered; there will be a 7-day non refundable fee limit.  If you do not make the training and did not contact our office at least one week before the class, you will not receive a refund.  There will be a test at the end of the session.  You must receive a grade of 70% or higher on the exam and demonstrate a proper pile burn with your local FFS office to become certiified.  Once you are certified it will be noted with your customer number, thus it is important for us to have the proper number.  If you do not have a customer number the FFS office will set one up for you.  Fill out the registration form and return as directed.
WHERE:  Madison County Extension (184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340)
WHEN:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 8:30AM to 4:30PM
REGISTRATION:  Registration is $50 per person. Registration is required to attend and class size is limited.  Please complete the Registration Form and send it to the Madison County Extension Office.
For more information please contact Dan Fenneman (dfenneman@ufl.edu) at 850-973-4138.
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2016 COOL-SEASON FORAGE VARIETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FLORIDA
Contributed by Ann Blount, Patricio Munoz, Jose Dubeux, Joao Vendramini, Ali Babar, Kevin Kenworthy, and Ken Quesenberry (North Florida Research and Education Center, Department of Agronomy and the Range Cattle Research and Education Center)
 Seed availability this year for most cool-season forages should be in good supply. There was reported difficulty with local production of cereal rye, however seed producers from outside the state indicated that seed yields and quality were very good and seed availability for small grains, ryegrass, clovers, winter peas and medics should be adequate. However, we suggest that enterprises depending on planting cool-season forages request their needs quickly to secure their seed so as to have it available at planting time. Some crops, such as vetch, may need to be special ordered through participating seed companies.
Seed of triticale should be more readily available this season. Harvests of Trical 342 triticale in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee was successful and seed quality was excellent.  At the present time, few varieties of triticale are recommended in Florida and include Trical 342, Monarch, and SS 1414 (Southern States). We continue to test other varieties of triticale that are being sold in the state, however we find that many of these are not adapted to Florida. Those tested were either too late in their forage production or had significant disease problems.
There should be an adequate seed supply on the market of oat. Remember that a new strain of crown rust has been problematic on most oat varieties. Only Legend 567, a new crown rust resistant variety, is available commercially. Next year we anticipate another rust resistant oat to be available on the market. While we still recommend several other oat varieties, care should be taken to check for rust, graze timely to prevent disease spread or, if growing for silage, haylage, or seed, consider spraying with a legal fungicide.  A later planting date should also minimize the problem, or consider combining oats with ryegrass in a mixture with other cool-season forages to spread the risk.
As in most years, moisture is the key to successful fall forage plantings. Our current predictions are for sufficient rainfall during our fall planting window, which generally starts in mid-September through mid-November.
Recommended varieties for planting this fall are listed in Table 1. While there may be other suitable varieties, our recommendations are based on multi-location, multi-year testing under our Florida growing conditions.
The suggested seeding rate for all small grains is 90 to 120 lbs. per acre. If planting a mixture of cool-season forages, you should adjust the seeding rate for each component to half of the recommended rate. If you plant late in the season, use the higher end of the recommended seeding rates for each forage. Additional information to help you with seeding rates, planting depth and grazing or hay recommendations are found in Table 2.
Other things to consider:
1.  If pastures is not irrigated there is risk involved with planting cool-season forages.  Conserved forage or supplements may be the better option.
2.  If you do plant winter grazing on non-irrigated land, remember that small grains are more drought tolerant than ryegrass.
3.  When planting ryegrass either in a mixture with small grains or alone, plant on wetter sites. Ryegrass needs good moisture for establishment and growth.
4. 
Vetch and winter peas are fairly drought tolerant. Clovers, however, prefer good moisture for germination and establishment. There is some variation in site suitability for clovers. While, white clovers prefer wetter sites, crimson, red, arrowleaf, and ball are more tolerant of well-drained soils.
If you should have questions about planting cool-season forages please contact your local UF-IFAS county agent. An updated and complete version of the 2016-2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations will be available on-line at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu

Table 1.  Recommended Forage Varieties for 2016-2017

Oat

Horizon 201

SS 76-50

 

RAM LA 99016

Legend 567

Horizon 306

Rye

FL 401 (very early)

FL 104

Wrens Abruzzi

Elbon

Bates RS4

Oklon

 

Wheat

AGS 2038

 

SS8641

 

Southern Harvest 550

Dyna-Gro Savoy

Triticale

Trical 342

Monarch

SS 1414

 

Ryegrass

Attain

Big Boss

Bulldog Grazer

Verdure

Prine

Diamond T

Earlyploid

Flying A

Jumbo

Passeral Plus

Nelson

Fria

TAMTBO

Winterhawk

Marshall (gray leaf spot and rust susceptible)

White  Clover

Ocoee

Osceola

Louisiana S-1

Regalgraze

Regal Ladino

Durana

 

Red Clover

Southern Belle

 

Barduro

 

Red Ace

 

Crimson Clover

Dixie

AU-Robin

 

 

Arrowleaf Clover

 

Apache

Blackhawk

 

Alfalfa

Bulldog 805

Alfagraze 600RR

 

 

 

Vetch

Hairy

 

Cahaba white

 

Nova II

Winter Pea

Austrian (common)

Maple

Whistler

 

Balansa

Fixation

 

 

Ball Clover

Don

Grazer’s Select

 

Segrest

Berseem Clover

Bigbee

Frosty

 

Medic

Armadillo Burr

Devine Little Burr

 

Lupine

Tifblue

Tifwhite

Frost

Table 2.  Planting dates, seeding rates, planting depths, and grazing parameters for certain cool-season forage crops.

Seed-propagated crops1

 

Planting dates2

 

Seeding rates

(lb/A broadcast)

Seeding depth

(inch)

Grazing height (in.)

Rest period

begin

end

 

 

Alfalfa

 

 

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

15 - 20

1/4 – 1/2

10-16

3-4

Hay 35-40

Grazing 15-30

 

Clover, Arrowleaf

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

8 - 12

0 – 1/2

8-10

3-5

10-20

Clover, Ball

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

2 - 3

0 - 1/4

6-8

1-3

7-15

Clover, Berseem

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

15-20

1/4 – 1/2

8-10

3-5

10-20

Clover, Crimson

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

20 - 25

1/4 – 1/2

8-10

3-5

10-20

Clover, Red

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

10-15

1/4 – 1/2

8-10

3-5

10-20

Clover, Subterranean

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

15 - 20

1/4 -1/2

6-8

1-3

7-15

Clover, White

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

3 - 4

0 - 1/4

6-8

1-3

7-15

Fescue, Tall

 

Nov. 1 - Dec. 15

 

20-25

1/4 -1/2

4-8

2-3

15-30

Oats for forage

 

Sept. 15 - Nov. 15

 

100-120

1 - 2

8-12

3-5

7-15

Pea, Austrian Winter

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

40 - 60

1/2 - 1

Poor grazing tolerance. Better suited as a hay or silage crop.

 

Rye for forage

Oct. 15 - Nov. 15

90 - 120

1 - 2

8-12

3-4

7-15

Ryegrass, Italian (annual)

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

20 - 30

0 – 1/2

6-12

3-4

7-15

Sweetclover

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

10 - 15

1/4 -1/2

8-10

3-5

10-20

Turnips

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

5 - 6

1/4 – 1/2

6-8

2-3

varies

Vetch, hairy

 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 15

 

20 - 30

1 - 2

6-8

3-4

varies

Wheat for forage

 

Oct. 15 - Nov. 15

 

90 - 120

1 - 2

8-12

3-5

7-15

Triticale for silage

 

Oct. 15 - Nov. 15

 

90 - 120

1 - 2

Harvest for silage at milk or soft dough stage of maturity.

1 Always check seed quality. Seed germination should be 80% or higher for best results.

2 Planting date range: in general, cool-season forage crops in northern Florida can be planted in the early part of the planting date range and in southern Florida, in the latter part of the planting date range.

Guidance on Zika
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Travelers to Zika-affected areas should follow the precautions and guidelines for Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  See http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
Travelers should stay informed on CDC updates and travel notifications at http://wwwnc.cdc/gov/travel/notices.  For more information about the Zika virus, such as areas with Zika, prevention, symptoms, etc., please visit www.cdc.gov as a helpful resource.
Helpful Resources:
Zika Virus - Travelers Health Inforamtion by County
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information
Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers - English & Spanish

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