Budgets can be used to make rational decisions when establishing or renovating a pasture in Florida. This 3-page fact sheet is a guide for evaluating the costs of establishing a seeded-type pasture versus vegetatively propagated hybrid bermudagrasses. Written by Les Harrison, Jonael Bosques, and Yoana Newman, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, August 2014.
The bioenergy industry has primarily used Miscanthus for combustion in power plants. It has desirable properties of low water and ash contents following a dry-down period before harvest. Current research is focused on its potential as a biomass crop for direct combustion and for lignocellulosic conversion to ethanol and other biofuels. This 3-page fact sheet was written by John Erickson, Curtis Rainbolt, Yoana Newman, Lynn Sollenberger, and Zane Helsel, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, September 2012.
Varieties of sorghum with a high concentration of soluble sugars are attractive as a potential energy crop because of the easy accessibility of readily fermentable sugars combined with very high yields of green biomass. Similar to sugarcane, the sap of sweet sorghum is extracted by milling, and can be easily fermented to produce ethanol. Other products from sweet sorghum include syrup, molasses, and crystal sugar. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Wilfred Vermerris, John Erickson, David Wright, Yoana Newman, and Curtis Rainbolt, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, December 2011.
Rhizoma perennial peanut is a forage legume available to Florida producers that combines high nutritive value (comparable to alfalfa) with persistence under a wide range of management conditions. It can be used for hay production, silage, or grazing. Find out more in this 4-page fact sheet was written by M.J. Williams, Y.C. Newman, and Ann Blount, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, June 2011.
Establishment of an excellent, uniform stand of forage in a short period of time is important. The producer needs to do everything possible to ensure successful establishment. Several requirements that must be met are briefly discussed, along with various planting methods. This revised 8-page fact sheet was written by Y.C. Newman, J. Vendramini, C.G. Chambliss, M.B. Adjei, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, April 2011.
This revised 2-page fact sheet introduces the new edition of the Florida Forage Handbook which has become the go-to-guide for every Florida forage enthusiast, new or seasoned, and now contains updated and expanded information most relevant to today’s livestock producer and forage manager. Written by Y.C. Newman and C.G. Chambliss, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, April 2011.
The concept of creep grazing is based on the fact that the nutritional requirements of suckling calves are much higher than those of cows. Calves creep grazing on high quality forage that provides high intake of digestible energy and protein make extra growth while the cows are grazing lower quality pasture. Learn more in this revised 4-page fact sheet was written by Y.C. Newman, D.E. Mayo, J. Vendramini, and C.G. Chambliss, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, March 2011.
Nationwide, switchgrass is recommended for biofuel production because of its wide range of adaptation and high potential dry matter yield with relatively low fertility input. It can be used for both lignocellulosic ethanol production and in electricity generation, complementing coal as a co-firing agent supplement. Less is known about switchgrass production in Florida than other biofuel crops. This 4-page fact sheet describes the biofuel potential, biology, production, potential yields, production challenges, estimated costs, and environmental concerns. Includes references. Written by Yoana Newman, Mary J. Williams, Zane Helsel, and Joao Vendramini, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, March 2011.
In Florida, bahiagrass is the most planted warm-season perennial forage grass. Two-thirds of improved pastures are planted with bahiagrass because of its excellent adaptation, ease of management, persistence under low fertilization and close grazing, as well as its relatively simple planting.
This revised 3-page “quick reference” fact sheet was written by Yoana C. Newman, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, February 2011.
Revised! SS-AGR-177, an 8-page illustrated fact sheet by A. T. Adesogan and Y. C. Newman, discusses the advantages, disadvantages and phases of silage fermentation and the factors affecting silage quality. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, September 2010.
SS-AGR-337, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Yoana Newman, Ed Jennings, Joao Vendramini, and Ann Blount, describes this drought-resistant summer forage crop — plant description and adaptation, history and released cultivars, yield, nutritive value and antiquality factors, site selection, planting date and seeding rates, management, and utilization. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, September 2010.
SSAGR333, a 13-page illustrated fact sheet by Yoana Newman, John Erickson, Wilfred Vermerris, and David Wright, provides an overview of the types of sorgum, criteria for selection, cultural practices, pest management, and marketing strategies. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, July 2010.
Revised! SS-AGR-59, a 4-page fact sheet by J. Vendramini, A. Blount, Y. Newman, C. G. Chambliss and M. B. Adjei, describes this robust, warm-season perennial grass native from Africa, useful in southern Florida for fall and winter grazing — establishment, management of established stands, and pests. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, March 2010.
SS-AGR-332, a 9-page illustrated fact sheet by Yoana Newman, Joao Vendramini, and Ann Blount, provides an overview of this warm-season perennial grass that is widely used in Florida and details of management and production. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, May 2010.
Revised! SSAGR24, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Joe Vendramini, Yoana Newman, Ann Blount, Martin B. Adjei and Paul Mislevy, describes the different steps that minimize establishment failure and lead to a favorable outcome of dense stand of perennial pasture grass. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, March 2010.
SS-AGR-69, a 9-page fact sheet by Y.C. Newman, A.T. Adesogan and J. Wasdin, provides information about forage crops that are grown or have been grown in Florida as high-energy or low-energy silages. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, September 2009.
SS-AGR-320, an 8-page illustrated fact sheet by Yoana Newman, Joao Vendramini, Lynn E. Sollenberger, and Ken Quesenberry, describes this warm-season perennial grass that is well adapted to flatwoods sites in Florida — history and released cultivars, yield, nutritive values, animal performance, planting, management, utilization, and insects and plant diseases. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, August 2009.
Revised! SS-AGR-94, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by L. E. Sollenberger, Y.C. Newman, and J.M.B. Vendramini, is part of the Florida Forage Handbook. It answers dairy producers’ questions about managing pasture as a major source of nutrients for milking cows — soil testing and pasture fertilization, choice of forage species, and grazing strategies. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, June 2009.
Revised! SS-AGR-93, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by A. T. Adesogan, L. E. Sollenberger, Y.C. Newman, and J.M.B. Vendramini, discusses forage quality and factors affecting intake and nutritive value. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, June 2009.
SS-AGR-322, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Yoana C. Newman, Adegbola T. Adesogan, Joao Vendramini and Lynn Sollenberger, defines forage quality, changes in forage quality, and what information can be obtained from commercial laboratory analyses. Includes reference. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, June 2009.