This blog is for Polk County Florida small farms and pesticide applicators as a method of communication and sharing information. This blog is administered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Agent, Mary Beth Henry.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Florida Land Steward Update 6/24/16
Florida Land Steward Update June 24, 2016
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SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE ACTIVITY UPDATE Provided by the Florida Forest Service The SPB activity for 2016 got off to a very early start. The first active spots were found in January, following a period of unusually warm winter temperatures. As we've moved into the spring and summer, new spots have been detected in new areas at an increasing rate. As of this week 105 infestations have been documented, covering over 420 acres in twelve counties, and more possible locations are being investigated. SPB activity has now been confirmed in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union Counties. The infestations have occurred in stands with a variety of characteristics, but the majority have included high-density loblolly pine (basal area averaging around 135 square ft/acre). See map of current infestations here. More details on the blog page.
SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE ASSISTANCE AND PREVENTION PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Applications for the program will be accepted until July 29, 2016. The Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program is offered to eligible non-industrial private forest landowners by the Florida Forest Service through temporary grants from the USDA Forest Service.
Periodic southern pine beetle (SPB) outbreaks in Florida have resulted in millions of cubic feet of pine timber killed on thousands of acres. The goal of this program is to minimize SPB damage in Florida by helping forest landowners conduct management practices that can make their pine stands less susceptible to this destructive insect pest. Forest management practices such as thinning, prescribed burning, other competition control, and use of less-susceptible pine species can improve the health of pine stands and decrease their likelihood of developing SPB infestations.
COGONGRASS TREATMENT COST-SHARE PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Applications for the program will be accepted until July 29, 2016. The Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016. Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass that occurs in Florida and several other southeastern states. Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree regeneration, growth and survival, as well as wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, forage quality and property values. They also increase the risk of wildfires and alter fire behavior.
The Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, which is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, is offered for non-industrial private lands in all Florida counties. It provides reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost to treat cogongrass infestations with herbicide for two consecutive years. To obtain an application form or to learn more about program requirements, contact a local Florida Forest Service county forester or visit the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program webpage. All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval.
FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS - VIEW AND SHARE! Enjoy and share these videos about a variety of stewardship topics: the Forest Stewardship Program, forests and water, thinning your pine stand, invasive species, greenbelt property tax assessment. All these videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page – check them out: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forest_stewardship
SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don't know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don't know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/treehealth/forum/.
GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM? Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC? Check the vast array of extension publications available at the University of Florida IFAS on the EDIS publication site: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ Wow, there's a publication about that?
HAVE AN EVENT OR RELATED NEWS TO SHARE? Drop a line to Chris Demers, email@example.com
USDA Livestock Indemnity Program Workshop, 6:30 pm ET, Dallas Townsend Ag. Center, 1085 Pratt Blvd., LaBelle, FL 33975. Are you suffering calf loss from Florida Panthers? The USDA Farm Service Agency's Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) can help. LIP offers compensation specifically for livestock loss from attacks by animals protected by Federal law, such as the FL Panther. Join us to learn more. For more information contact Erin Myers at (239) 370-6302, Erin_Myers@fws.gov
Summer Cover Crop Field Day, 10 am - 1 pm ET. NRCS Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL. 34601. Learn about cover crops in Florida and effects on soil health. Provided by USDA NRCS. Contact Janet Grabowski at (352) 796-9600, ext. 101.
South Florida & Caribbean Bee College (link), UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL. Calling all beekeepers, new and experienced, growers, gardeners, and anyone interested in learning about bees and beekeeping. See link above for details and registration.
Private Lands Partners Day: The Northern Everglades - The Land, Water and People (link), Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center, Sebring, FL. Hosted by The Partners for Conservation, this event brings together landowners and partners from across the nation to interact with conservation agency leadership from across the country, share stories of partnership, and visit ranches that are models for successful public-private partnerships. See link above for more information.
WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
Forestry Seminar (link), 9:45 am - 2 pm CT, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 North 9th St, DeFuniak Springs. Come learn about using forest herbicides to manage your pines, latest on cogongrass control, predicting future growth of southern pines, cost-shares available from FSA, NRCS, and the Florida Forest Service to help offset cost of managing your pines and invasive plants. Also there will be a session on grazing livestock in the pines. Cost $5, lunch provided. See link above for details. To participant in this event, call the Walton County Extension Service at (850) 892-8172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Forest Site Prep Herbicide Workshop (link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, July 13, 2016, University of Florida IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351. Provided by Dr. Patrick Minogue, Professor of Silviculture. 4 FL CEUs, 3.5 CFEs pending. This free workshop is for natural resource managers who are responsible for site preparation decisions or implementation. Call Megan, the University of Florida NFREC receptionist, at (850) 875-7100 to RSV please. Attendance is limited to 80 people due to space constraints.
Veterans, New, Small Farmer Workshop, 9 am - 2 pm CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road, Crestview, FL 32359. Free workshop about agricultural programs and services available to veterans, small and beginning farmers, More information and registration on-line at http://www.farmcredit-fl.com/workshop.aspx or (850) 526-4910.
July 21, August 25, September 15
Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series (link), 6:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Calhoun County Extension Office, Blountstown, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS, this series will help livestock producers gain a better understanding of pasture productivity. There is a $25 registration fee for the entire series or $10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided. See link above for details and registration or contact Calhoun County Extension Office at (850) 674-8323.
July 12, August 9, September 13
Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series (link), 6:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office, Chipley, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS, this series will help livestock producers gain a better understanding of pasture productivity. There is a $25 registration fee for the entire series or $10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided. See link above for details and registration or contact Washington County Extension Office at (850) 638-6180.
FAMU Grape Harvest Festival, 8 am - 4 pm ET, FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, 6505 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32317.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Use Prescribed Fire Safely and Effectively (link), 8:30 am to 3 pm CT, Blackwater State Forest Bear Lake Pavilion, Munson, FL. This program will provide an overview of the uses of fire in natural resource management and the proper planning necessary for a successful prescribed burn. A burn demonstration will be planned and executed if conditions allow. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop092716.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Bethany at the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office at (850) 675-6654.
Prescribed Fire for Wildlife (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Provided by the Florida Wildlife Society, Tall Timbers, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Details to be posted at link above or contact Jim Schortemeyer, email@example.com, (239) 455-5847.