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2019 Average Farm Rent & Labor Rates

Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It...
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2019 Weather Summary and 2020 Outlook

- Rainfall 2019 was not a good weather year for farming in the Panhandle.  It was the hottest year on record along the impact zone of Hurricane Michael.  It was also abnormally dry over the second half of the...
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7 Steps to Successful Pasture Establishment

I have received a number of calls recently with questions about pasture planting.  There are a number of reasons to plant or re-plant pastures, whether you are converting crop or timber land to pasture, renovating a field that had been...
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Livestock and Forage Production

According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, there were 1,160 farms in Jackson County utilizing 262,312 acres of land.  Of these, 537 were livestock farms that reported total livestock sales of $17.2 million.  Of the 537 farms, 493 were beef cattle operations, 265 horse, 58 goat, 85 poultry, 24 swine, 19 sheep, 9 bees, and 5 dairy farms.   A total of 24,039 beef cows graze on 70,172 acres of pasture and range land with an average stocking rate of 2.9 acres/brood cow.  There are 5 dairies with 1,288 milking cows.  There are also 333 hay or silage operations with a total of 19,279 acres that produce 48,894 tons of stored forage annually, with an average yield of 2.5 tons/acre.

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