UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Fire Ant Control May Include Doing Nothing

November 13, 2018 Fire ant colonies consist of the brood (eggs, larvae and pupae) and adult ants. The adults include winged males, winged females, one or more egg producing queen and workers. The winged males and females mate in spring or early summer after a rainy period. Males die shortly after mating. Newly mated females can fly as far as ...

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It’s Bat Week! Did You Know Bats Eat Insect Pests?

November 9, 2018 by hollyober The week prior to Halloween is officially designated as National Bat Week. In honor of this event, it’s worth considering some of the benefits bats provide to us. Did you know there is a species of bat that lives nowhere in the world but within our state? It’s called the Florida Bonneted Bat, and occurs in only about ...

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The Calm After the Storm

November 9, 2018 by Larry Williams Recovery and cleanup following the devastation of a storm such as Michael begins by removing one limb at a time, one neighbor helping another neighbor, one word of encouragement, which in turn becomes a community pulling together to see order come from chaos. Despite inconveniences of not having power there is something about it ...

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Hurricane Michael Recovery

by Jennifer Bearden Florida Panhandle – We all know that our neighbors to the east are suffering after taking a direct hit from massive Hurricane Michael.  Many in our community are asking, “What can I do”. We have an opportunity for those who would like to help.  UF IFAS Extension has offices in every county in the state.  Extension Agents from ...

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Wavyleaf Basketgrass Confirmed in Okaloosa County

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Jennifer Bearden Okaloosa Co., FL – We have confirmed a new invasive plant in Okaloosa County.  Wavyleaf Basketgrass was first found in Maryland in 1996 and quickly spread into Virginia and Pennsylvania.  This invasive is very shade tolerant.  It originates from Southern Europe and Southeast Asia. It is a low growing, shallow rooted, short lived perennial.  It ...

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Santa Rosa County Green Infrastructure and Watershed Tours

September 2, 2018 by Bethany Diamond Santa Rosa Co. – Want to learn about green infrastructure techniques and how using these techniques can help to manage stormwater on your property? Join us September 22, 2018 at the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension office at 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton FL 32570 from 9 am until 4 pm for an introduction to Green Infrastructure Workshop. ...

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Holmes County Outdoor Expo – September 7 & 8

August 24, 2018 by Kalyn Waters We invite you to be a part of the 3rd Annual Holmes County Outdoor Expo, which is hosted by the University of Florida/ IFAS Holmes County Extension Program. The Expo will be held September 7-8, 2018 at the Holmes County Agricultural Center in Bonifay, FL. The mission of the Holmes County Outdoor Expo is to raise awareness of the ...

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Now’s the Time to Start Preparing for Cool-Season Food Plots

August 24, 2018 by Mark Mauldin I know it feels too hot outside to talk about hunting season or cool-season food plots, but planting time will be here before you know it and now’s the time to start preparing. The recommended planting date for practically all cool-season forage crops in Northwest Florida is October 1 – November 15. Assuming adequate soil ...

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Equine Infectious Anemia is Still a Concern for Horse Owners (with audio)

August 20, 2018 by Jennifer Bearden Sometimes we can get complacent and forget why we do things.  A Coggins test in horses is one of those things.  We know that it is a requirement in Florida to have a current negative Coggins test (within the last 12 months) in order to: Move horses within the state, Move horses out of the ...

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Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts

August 10, 2018 by Carrie Stevenson For many Floridians, gardening is a window into learning the cycles of the natural world. Understanding pollination, distinguishing beneficial insects from harmful ones, creating compost, or knowing what time of year to apply iron supplements are important for a gardener to be successful. While we have our share of campers, hikers, and kayakers, over the ...

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