UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Scary Things are Happening in Our Landscapes this Halloween (with audio)

October 30, 2016 The reality of what happens deep down in the darkness of a fire ant mound hidden to human eyes or in the tunnels of a mole cricket where only creepy crawly things dare to enter may be too scary to believe. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences along with USDA introduced a tiny South ...

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Equine Nutrition Seminar at the Baker Area Recreation Association on Thursday, November 3rd

October 30, 2016 Baker, FL – The Baker Feed and Country Store and Mid-South Feeds will be hosting a Equine Nutrition Seminar this Thursday, November 3rd, at 6:30 pm at the Baker Area Recreation Association. The “Back to Basics” seminar will feature Jennifer Bearden, AG Agent for Okaloosa County Extension Agent for University of Florida and Steve Ward of Mid-South ...

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Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day – November 17 in Jay, FL

October 30, 2016   Join us on Thursday, November 17th at the West Florida Research and Education Center (4253 Experiment Drive, Jay) for the Fall Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day. Registration starts at 7:45, with informational sessions and tours starting at 8:00 am. The following topics will be covered include: Using Protected Agriculture and Hydroponics to Meet Demand for High Value Specialty ...

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Learn About Poultry Production at Okaloosa/UF-IFAS Extension Oct. 27

Saturday, October 15, 2016 Citizens interested in becoming poultry producers can attend an October 27 Poultry Production 101 class at the Okaloosa-University of Florida Extension. The class will be held from 6 until 8 p.m., and is $10 per person. Samples and recipes are included. Call 850-689-5850 for information or to register. Participants will learn proper egg handling, poultry processing ...

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Why Worry with Fall Webworms

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Larry Williams Fall webworms are normally observed during late summer and fall when people notice the unsightly whitish or light gray webs in certain trees. Webworms enclose leaves and ends of branches with silken webbing. The worms (caterpillars) are found in this protective webbing consuming leaves. Although they can defoliate branches on which they are ...

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Zika Virus and Mosquito Control – Recommendations for Beekeepers and Rural Landowners

Sunday September 25, 2016 by Judy Biss By now you have probably heard about Zika Virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes.  As a beekeeper, you may be concerned about the safety of your bees during pesticide treatments to control mosquitoes.  As a rural landowner, you probably have more places where mosquitoes can live and lay their eggs than a homeowner who ...

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Seminar on attracting butterflies and hummingbirds this Wednesday

September 19, 2016 by Larry Williams I always enjoy being outdoors and watching butterflies and hummingbirds as we move into late summer and fall. Fall is the peak season for butterflies in the Florida Panhandle and there are a surprising number of hummingbirds that migrate to our area as they seek out our mild weather during the winter months. In ...

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September Gardening & Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale

September 12, 2016 by Larry Williams As we move into September, we can expect some relief from summer’s heat and humidity. This change offers a time to possibly catch up on landscape jobs. September also offers a favorable time to purchase and plant some landscape plants. And the Okaloosa County Master Gardeners can assist with this. They are holding a ...

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Fall vegetable gardening and September plant clinic

by Larry Williams We are fortunate to be able to grow some sort of vegetables year round in Florida. But not all vegetables will grow year round. Planting time is critical. Cool-season crops tolerate and require lower temperature. Many of these cool-season vegetables, sometimes called fall or winter crops, can be planted this month. The below recommended planting dates are ...

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Fall Armyworms marching through wildlife food plots

by Jennifer Bearden  August 24, 2016 Fall armyworms were found this week in clover food plots in Okaloosa County.  This pest can completely defoliate a field in an about a week. They have a wide range of host plants such as grasses, clovers, cotton, soybeans, corn, peanuts, and tomatoes. Fall Armyworms overwinter in southern Florida and southern Texas. The moths or ...

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