For Growers

Farm Service Agency Is Accepting Emergency Forest Restoration Program Applications in 17 Florida Counties Impacted by Hurricane Michael

(GAINESVILLE, Fla.), Nov. 15, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Justin Teuton announced that 17 Florida counties are accepting applications for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) to address damages from Hurricane Michael.

Deadline Approaches for the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program

Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the deadline to apply for assistance under the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) is Nov. 16, 2018. Agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 can apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations.

The program was authorized by Congress earlier this year by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

Hurricane Disaster Assistance Program

Many of USDA Rural Development programs can help provide financial relief to rural communities hit by natural disasters by offering low-interest loans to rural community facilities, rural businesses and cooperatives and to rural utilities. More information can be found on the Rural Development website, located at www.rd.usda.gov.

For complete details and eligibility requirements regarding USDA’s disaster assistance programs, contact your local USDA Service Center by clicking the link below.

More information about USDA disaster assistance, as well as other disaster resources, is available on the USDA Disaster Resource Center website, located at the link below.

USDA Disaster Assistance

What to know about crop insurance, prevented planting: 5 questions

Heavy rain causes growers to face insurance, prevented planted deadlines and questions.

Cotton and peanut farmers are typically winding down planting now, but excessive rain this season has delayed their efforts.
In parts of Georgia and Alabama, it rained more than double the amount in May and early June compared to amounts the previous few years, and growers face decisions on what to do regarding insurance and prevented planted measures.

2018 Acreage Reporting Dates for Duval, Baker and Nassau Counties in Florida

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Duval-Baker-Nassau County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Duval-Baker-Nassau County:

May 15, 2018 Tobacco
May 30, 2018 Peas
July 15, 2018 Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Millet, Sorghum, Soybeans

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

    • If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendar days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
  • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins. For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Duval-Baker-Nassau County FSA office at (904) 266-0088.


Best Management Practices Update – Winter 2018 Vol. 4, Issue 1

A production of the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Agricultural Best Management Practices Program

Inside this issue:

  • FDACS OAWP Rule 5M-1
  • 2017 Florida Olive Field Day training of growers, crop advisors and agents in the commercial production of Olive grove management, oil production and field weather data loggers.
  • Reducing Irrigation during Freeze Events in Florida Citrus.
  • Quantifying the effects of corn irrigation and nutrient management on water quality below the crop rootzone in the Suwannee Valley
    using soil testing, soil moisture sensors, rain gauges and lysimeter technologies.
  • Approved BMP Mini-Grant Requests.

You will also learn:

  • What Are Agricultural Best Management Practices?
  • How to Enroll in BMPs?
  • Cost-Share Programs

Agriculture Cost Share Program

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) offers incentive-based programs to help the agriculture community in their efforts to be good stewards of our regional water resources. The District partners with many agencies, organizations and interest groups to provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers.

Download or View Online: Application for BMP Agriculture Cost Share Program

Download or View Online: Suwannee River Water Management District Irrigation Cost Share List

Contact:
Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 CR 49
Live Oak, FL 32060

Tel: (386) 362-1001
Location (Google Map): Click for Directions

Website: http://www.mysuwanneeriver.com/


Other Resources

UF IFAS Peanut Variety Fact Sheet

  • FloRun™ “331” is a high yielding, disease resistant, high oleic runner peanut variety with normal runner seed size.
  • TUFRunner™ “511” is a large seeded, high oleic runner peanut variety with excellent yield and grade potential under intensive management.
  • TUFRunner™ “297” is an extra-large seeded, high oleic runner peanut variety with excellent yield and grade potential under intensive management.
  • Florida-07 is a large seeded, high oleic runner peanut variety with excellent yield potential and good grade potential.

Download or View Online:

Peanut Varieties by Barry Tillman

Managing Your Favorite Peanut Varieties by Dr. Barry Tillman


2017

Outline of Topics

  • Varieties for 2017- what’s available
  • Variety Performance
  • New Varieties
    • TUFRunner ‘297’, TUFRunner ‘511’, Georgia-12Y, Georgia13M,
    • Georgia-14N
  • Varieties on the horizon
    • TifNV-High O/L, FloRun ‘157’, Georgia-16HO, FloRun 331
  • Managing varieties
    • Disease resistance / susceptibility
    • Can we reduce costs?
    • Disease management
    • Cultural practices
    • Fungicides


2018

Outline of Topics

  • Varieties for 2018- what’s available
  • Plant stand
  • Variety Performance
  • “Newer Varieties”
    • TUFRunner ‘297’, TUFRunner ‘511’, Georgia-12Y, Georgia13M,
  • Georgia-14N
  • Varieties on the horizon
    • TifNV-High O\L, Georgia-16HO, FloRun ‘331’, AU-NPL 17
  • Managing varieties
    • Disease resistance / susceptibility
    • Can we reduce costs?
    • Disease management
    • Cultural practices
    • Fungicides



To learn more about Dr. Barry Tillman and his peanut breeding program, please visit his official website Dr. Barry Tillman, UF IFAS.