Category: Crops

UF researcher: Controlled fires don’t eliminate invasive tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have, in the past, reintroduced fire to restore a forest without considering its effect on exotic species that have become invasive. But a recent study by a University of Florida researcher shows that fire… Read More

Reducing Yield Loss With Integrated Weed Management

Weeds affect farmers directly through burdensome production costs. This economic impact is a direct result of the high costs of manufactured herbicides, tillage equipment and machinery, fuel costs, yield loss, and land value loss. A second negative impact… Read More

Wilt Disease Hits Laurel Trees Including Avocados

“What is happening to these trees?” The plant diagnostic clinic at UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County frequently receives calls from residents concerned about dying trees along the roadsides.  Trees in the Laurel family, including redbay, swamp bay, sassafras, and… Read More

Reviewing Basic Farm Conservation Practices

  Benefits of using conservation farming practices are linked to improved soil health, as well as water and nutrient management. A few for farmers to remember include: using cover crops, rotating crops, and conservation tillage. Use of Cover Crops This time of year, farmers… Read More

Controlling the Asian Citrus Psyllid Just Got More Difficult?

Citrus greening- also known as Huanglongbing, or HLB- is an exotic disease that is currently prevalent throughout Florida’s citrus industry. This disease is carried by an invasive insect known as the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and infects citrus… Read More

UF partners with international organization to combat food insecurity in Africa

DES MOINES, Iowa – The University of Florida and a leading Africa-based international research institute are bringing their scientists together to speed the science of fighting hunger, poverty, and pollution. The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More