Don Harden Talks Florida Lemons

Explore the niche industry of Florida lemons.

As more details are coming out regarding the full effect of Hurricane Irma on Florida agriculture, most eyes are turned to the first release of the monthly Citrus Forecast in October. It focuses on citrus like oranges and grapefruit, but Florida lemons will not be as great of a concern to most of The Sunshine State’s citrus industry. As I shared in my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, the commercial lemon industry in Florida is a very niche industry, so it’s not as prevalent as other forms of citrus. See the reasons why Florida lemons are such a rarity below, and what it takes to grow a lemon tree in The Sunshine State.
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For the Love of the Ag Expo: The Sunbelt Ag Expo

Check out what’s on the schedule for the Sunbelt Ag Expo.

The Sunbelt Ag Expo is fast approaching. Slated for October 17th to the 19th, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Expo and promises to be another great event. AgAmerica Lending has always held a special place in our hearts for this agriculture expo and this year is no different. Relationship Managers Don Harden and Patrick Spinosa and Correspondent Lenders Ethan Cooper and Doug Moore will be on site and look forward to networking with attendees at booth BP-15. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos of the AgAmerica team at the Expo!

Get a sneak peek of all that’s happening at this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia.

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Ag Events of Note: Pecan Growers Association’s Fall Field Day

See what topics were front-and-center at the Pecan Growers Association’s Fall Field Day.

Pecans are a fast-growing crop in the Southeast, so it’s no wonder the Pecan Growers Association’s Field Day was well-attended. Held September 7th, the field day was an event where pecan growers and others in the industry got together to learn, discuss, and share ideas. Held at the UGA Ponder Farm in Tifton, Georgia, this year’s meetings was chock-full of useful information. AgAmerica correspondent lender, Ethan Cooper, was in attendance to represent the AgAmerica Lending team and answer questions about our tree nut farm loans. See some of the events and topics that were front-and-center this year.Read More


Ag Recreation: Fall Hunting Safety Tips

Don Harden’s review on ag recreation hunting safety.

September means the start of hunting season in much of the Southeast, and it’s a good time to brush up on safety when it comes to using bows and firearms. Hunting safety begins with each of us so that ag recreation in all its forms can be enjoyed by everyone. In my last article in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed archery safety—both for ag recreation and hunting—and you can find those tips below for the start of bow hunting season. We’ll also review the four basic rules of firearm safety, which you should know in addition to the further details given in a hunting safety class state law may require prior to getting your hunting licenses or tags.
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Georgia Peanut Tour

If you’re in the peanut industry, then you’re likely headed to the Georgia Peanut Tour in mid-September.

Peanuts are a rising star in agriculture, and there’s no denying that Georgia is the Peanut Capital of the U.S. Take a look at some Georgia peanut facts we gathered. It’s only fitting that the state hosts the Georgia Peanut Tour, a combination of seminars, meetings, and tours of peanut farms and processing facilities in and around Albany, Georgia. Slated for September 19th to the 21st, it’s the 31st annual Peanut Tour hosted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, USDA-ARS National Peanut Laboratory, and the Georgia Peanut Commission. AgAmerica Lending’s Correspondent Lender, Ethan Cooper, will be in attendance; get a sneak peek of some of the event’s offerings below.
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Don Harden: The Farmers Ability to Use Drip Irrigation

Pros and Cons to Drip Irrigation

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed how irrigation is an important component of any farm. Drip irrigation is one of the most popular precision irrigation methods, and many Florida farmers are looking to utilize it on their farms. However, to make the best choice for your operation, you’ll need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation.  I explored the factors you should consider when choosing an irrigation management option, and the pros and cons of a drip system in the column. See them below from the perspective of a Florida grower interested in precision irrigation.
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Power of 10: Top 10 Takeaways for Farm Financial Management

Learning from America’s farmers and the smart farm financial management decisions they make.

There are numerous variables farmers can’t control like the weather, commodity prices, disease, and pests. However, as your premier land lender, AgAmerica advocates that farmers instead think about the variables they can control: contracts, crop insurance, planting mix, machinery, and scheduled repairs. “It’s smart to pro-actively manage risks,” Bryce Philpot, AgAmerica Lending SVP/Co-owner, observes. “We believe this to be true: you really can’t underestimate the power of planning.” To explore the challenges behind a farmer’s decision-making process, the AgAmerica team surveyed growers from across the country to learn what sources they count on to research their most critical decisions, especially those of a financial nature (buying land, taking out a loan, selecting a bank, etc.) and how that process works within agribusinesses today. Review the top 10 takeaways from this research survey below.
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Soil Management Practices Help Farmers Produce Higher Quality Cattle

Increasing soil management can lead to healthier livestock and more fertile ground.

In our latest article, we looked at how soil management techniques like soil testing and soil analysis can increase soil fertility and soil quality. That healthy soil then equates to healthier forages and livestock. It’s no secret that healthy cattle require nutrient-rich pastureland on which to graze, and that’s why it’s important for farmers to have reliable soil management practices in place. After all, forage health is directly related to soil health.Read More


Don Harden: A Look at the History of Citrus and Florida Limes

Florida limes are making a comeback in The Sunshine State.

Florida is well-known for its citrus production, and it used to be well-known for its lime fruit production, too. In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I explored the story of Florida limes, including how Florida citrus growers are giving Florida limes another shot. Limes were once so plentiful in South Florida that one of the varieties grown here was known as a Key lime because it was grown around the Florida Keys. Find out below what happened to Florida limes, and why the tart, green citrus fruit is again looking like a good crop for Florida citrus growers.Read More


Power of 10: Top 10 Pollinators in Agriculture

Explore the important role played by pollinators in agriculture.

Did you know that pollinators in agriculture are responsible for pollinating approximately 30 percent of the world’s food and fiber crops? According to AgPollinators.org, about one out of every four bites of food or sips of a beverage is made possible because of pollinators. Explore the top 10 pollinators below, and find out how everyone can help pollinators.
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