Internship Experiences in ANS: Christopher Hernandez & Taylor Clements

Christopher Hernandez Hernandez in broiler house on internship.Christopher Hernandez is a current UF Animal Sciences student in the Food Animal Specialization. Hernandez spent his summer internship in Pineville, Missouri, on Cobb-Bear Hollow Farm. His internship was specifically under Cobb-Vantress Genetics, a broiler chicken genetics company owned by Tyson. His responsibilities varied as he floated through each department…

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Weekly “What is it?”: Titi

      White titi trees, easily identified by the white racemes hanging from the branches. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension When I first started learning to identify wetland species in the field, titi (pronounced “tye-tye”) trees were among the first I could consistently recognize. They grow all over the place, so I had plenty of…

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Managing Tropical Fruit Pests

When it comes to dealing with insect pests of tropical fruit, try not to think “What do I spray?” Instead, use a balanced approach to pest control that will use pesticides only when completely necessary. The most common pests for tropical fruit are scale, weevils, fruit flies, and whitefly with thrips, spider mites and aphids…

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Marvelous Mulberries

The mulberry (Morus spp.) is a fruiting tree rich in flavor, with nutritious foliage, a myriad of medicinal and culinary value, and a fascinating history. With numerous species, hybrids, and endless cultivars to choose from—a mulberry may be the perfect fit for your Florida-friendly landscape. In addition to jackfruit, breadfruit, and figs, mulberries belong to the family…

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Farming Guide: Florida Brussels Sprouts

Introduction: Although not commonly produced in Florida, Brussels sprouts (Brassica Oleracea L) are increasingly grown commercially in Columbia County, FL. In the USA, Brussels sprout production occurs primarily in California and New York but can be grown over the winter months in Florida. Optimal temperature range for Brussels sprouts is about 58 – 60°F. Planting date…

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Test Forages

Now is the time to plan winter supplementation strategies.  Conserved forages (hay, haylage, stockpiled forages) are usually the foundation of a winter feeding plan.  Whether harvesting your own hay/haylage or purchasing, understanding the nutritive value of your forages can be used to adjust the amount and composition of supplements that will need to be added…

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