UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Panhandle Outdoors LIVE Water School: Snorkel the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary

July 30, 2017 Navarre, FL – Join the UF/IFAS Natural Resource Extension Agents as we explore the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary! Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 9 am until 1 pm.  Register Today at https://nbsnorkel.eventbrite.com Cost is $20.00 per person, lunch is included.   The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary consists of 30 reef structures in the Gulf of Mexico just south of ...

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Small Cockroaches Flying Into Homes

July 28 2017 by Larry Williams The Asian cockroach was first identified as a newly introduced species in the U.S. in Lakeland, Florida in 1986. I started seeing this small cockroach in our area about 17 or 18 years ago. They’ve done well recently with the rains and their numbers are probably higher now as a result. They prefer warm, wet ...

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Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series – Starts August 17th

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to offer three intermediate level beekeeping classes.  These classes will be offered via interactive web-conferencing at a number of Extension Offices across North Florida and will be taught by state and nationally recognized specialists.  This summer series will be Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 pm Central Time, 7-8:30 pm Eastern Time.  Each presentation will be ...

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Plant Propagation Lecture & Mini Plant Sale Wednesday July 19, 2017

by Larry Williams Many of our favorite woody shrubs and herbaceous plants can be started from cuttings. Here is an easy method that can be used to root dozens of plants at home. You’ll need the following supplies: Sharp hand pruners. Clean plastic nursery pots (1, 2 or 3 gallon size) with drain holes. Well-drained sterile media such as perlite, vermiculite ...

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Do Homework Before Planting Fruit Trees

by Larry Williams Not every fruit tree will grow and reliably produce fruit in North Florida. Temperature is the most important factor determining where certain fruits can be grown. It’s the reason why apples and blueberries do not do well in South Florida. It’s also the reason why people living in the northern part of the state find it difficult to ...

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Plan Before Fertilizing a Lawn

by Les Harrison Fertilizing a lawn properly in the summer can enhance the landscape without inducing disease or harming the environment . One universal activity is seasonal lawn and landscape maintenance. While some consider it a chore, many view it as a means to enhancing their personal environment. The list of tasks are, for the most part, standard with few surprises. Raking leaves ...

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Save the Date! Basic Goat Production Workshop – July 13 in Marianna, FL

Basic Goat Production Workshop If you are interested in learning more about goats for a 4-H Project with your kids, or your small herd for your farm, make plans now to attend a workshop on July 13, 2017 from 9:00 AM –  4:00 PM at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office. This training is open to both adults and youth ...

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Tips for Successful Pond Weed Management

by Mark Mauldin Every year as the temperatures get warmer the number of calls related to weed problems in fish ponds increases. That was the case this year also, with one notable difference; the calls started coming in March and April, not June and July as they would during a “typical” year. Aquatic weeds typically die back or have greatly reduced ...

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Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns

June 6, 2017 by Larry Williams There are numerous reasons why maintaining a North Florida lawn is challenging and ultimately frustrating. One such reason is ground pearls. Ground pearls, small scale insects that bother lawn grass roots, are soil dwelling pests that are not much of a problem in northern lawns. But they are quite the problem here in our North ...

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Green Industries Best Management Practices

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Okaloosa Extension 3098 Airport Rd. Crestview, FL 32539 Cost: $30.00 To register contact: Sheila Dunning sdunning@ufl.edu  (850) 689-5850 Educational Program Workshop This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices (BMPs) for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. The Best Management Practices are focused on reducing ...

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