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Category: Agriculture

Biking and Birding the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) on the Herbert Hoover Dike

One of my favorite past times is hitting the trails on my bicycle and exploring Florida’s natural areas.  So on a sunny Saturday in December, I strapped my Trek FX3 on my bike rack and drove out to… Read More

Calibrating a Backpack Sprayer; The 1/128th Rule

Introduction In preparation for Spring, it is a good idea to make sure your equipment is calibrated and in good working condition.  This article discusses a quick and easy method for calibrating a hand-powered, backpack sprayer. Calibration is… Read More

Citrus Irrigation and Nutrient Management Workshop Planned for February 8

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Citrus growers depend on the latest information regarding the best irrigation and nutrition strategies for growing productive trees.  University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers will share recent results for optimal… Read More

Study points to importance of magnesium in fertilization of HLB-affected citrus trees

UF/IFAS researchers are trying to extend the life of citrus trees infected with Huanglongbing (HLB), a bacterial disease. New research shows magnesium may play an important role in boosting the productivity of HLB orange trees. Specifically, the researchers… Read More

Peanut Butter Challenge collects over 22 tons statewide

Over 45,000 pounds of peanut butter have now been sent out to local food banks statewide following the 2021 Peanut Butter Challenge, an effort led by the Cooperative Extension offices of UF/IFAS and Florida A&M University (FAMU) in… Read More

Soil Testing at Orange County Plant Clinic

Florida’s year-round growing season is a great reason to love gardening. While we have different seasons, the one constant for our plants is the soil that they’re grown in. While we can control our plant’s water needs, we… Read More

Making Homemade Pizza on the Barbecue Grill

Introduction Floridians love barbecuing.  Have you ever tried making homemade pizza on the barbecue grill?  Adding Florida fresh produce and herbs from your garden can add to the deliciousness.  Watch the video below to learn how. Food Safety… Read More

Let’s go on a TreeQuest!

Each year, on the third Friday in January, Sarasota County’s UF/IFAS Extension & Sustainability Dept. celebrates Florida’s State Arbor Day. Since 2018, the County’s urban forestry Extension program Treejuvenation Florida, has marked the occasion with an urban forestry… Read More