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University of Florida partners on $26M grant to produce more crops with less water and energy

Above: The University of Florida Phenogator, an example of the technology that will be utilized at UF as part of the IoT4Ag Center. The Phenogator is a multi-purpose vehicle that uses sensors in combination with highly accurate GPS… Read More

Scientists to study crippling tomato disease to lay groundwork for prevention

A destructive disease known as bacterial spot can ruin tomatoes anywhere it strikes. That’s why University of Florida scientists want to understand how the pathogen that causes the disease spreads and evolves on farms. A couple of quick… Read More

With crops in the ground, Florida watermelon farmers face uncertainty due to COVID-19

Today, as fruit and vegetable farmers in South Florida decide what to do with produce once destined for now-closed schools and restaurants, watermelon farmers in North Florida have recently finished planting their crop. Given the uncertainty around the… Read More

UF plant and soil diagnostic labs essential to Florida agriculture, economy during COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic…. Read More

Growing Batty: UF/IFAS Researchers Discover That Rare Bats Pollinate Durian Trees

Every October, creatures of the night await their once-a-year opportunity to go forth and feast upon sweet treats offered abundantly throughout the neighborhood. A typical Halloween in Florida? An event celebrating Bat Week, observed internationally Oct. 24-31? Not… Read More

New Fertilizer Technology May Help Farmers Reduce Nitrogen Load

By: Kelly Aue LIVE OAK, Fla. — In the Suwannee Valley, farmers are diligently searching for solutions, or Best Management Practices (BMPs), to efficiently use fertilizers in crop production. At the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center… Read More

Eight Things You Didn’t Know About an Iconic Summer Fruit

Watermelons mean summer in most places, but perhaps no more so than in Florida, the country’s number one producer of this quintessential summer fruit. They may be 92 percent water, but there’s more to growing and eating watermelon… Read More

Industrial hemp growing in Florida for first time in decades: University of Florida pilot project plants seeds for new Florida crop

By Ruth Borger The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) industrial hemp pilot project has passed a critical milestone towards understanding the potential of growing hemp throughout Florida. Hemp plants have been planted at… Read More

UF/IFAS-developed Ryegrass Donated to Panhandle Ranchers After Hurricane Michael

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the days after Hurricane Michael swept through the Florida Panhandle last October, residents assessed the damage while relief workers and aid traveled into the area to start the recovery process. For cattle ranchers, some… Read More