UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Harvesting Bahiagrass Sod for Extra Ranch Income

    May 4, 2019 | by Michael Goodchild Bahiagrass is the most common warm season perennial forage grass in the Florida Panhandle. While its most common use is grazing, there are other ways producers can generate revenue from bahiagrass fields. The most common alternative to grazing is hay production. However, buying hay equipment or contracting someone to bale hay is ...

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Making Forever Memories at 4-H Summer Camp

May 1, 2019 by Melanie Taylor  4-H Summer Camp preparations are in full swing all over the state. As a 4-H agent preparing for our week of county  4-H camp, my days are busy with phone calls and emails from parents, teen counselor training, adult volunteer screenings, paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork. Although it’s busy time for me as a 4-H ...

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Pines of Florida

April 19, 2019 by Sheila Dunning All of Florida’s ecosystems contain pine trees. There are seven native species in the state; Sand, Slash, Spruce, Shortleaf, Loblolly, Longleaf, and Pond. Each species grows best in its particular environment. Pines are highly important to wildlife habitats as food and shelter. Several species are equally valuable to Florida’s economy. Slash, Loblolly, and Longleaf are ...

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Tips on Growing Tomatoes Seminar Thursday, March 7th in Crestview

Florida farmers produce more fresh tomatoes than any other state. Yet Florida home gardeners find it difficult to successfully grow tomatoes. By changing a few basic practices, home gardeners can increase their chances of success. Larry Williams will provide a presentation titled Tips on Growing Tasty Tomatoes on Thursday, March 7. The hour-long presentation will begin at 10 a.m. and ...

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Timing Critical When Controlling Annual Lawn Weeds

by Larry Williams If weeds were a problem in your lawn last summer, the coming weeks are the time to apply a pre-emergence herbicide to prevent their emergence again this spring and summer. Timing of a pre-emergence herbicide application for summer annual weeds such as crabgrass should be during February and early March when day temperatures reach 65° to 70°F for ...

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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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