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Category: UF/IFAS Extension

Opportunities and Challenges of Citrus Production in North Florida

Citrus remains the number one industry in the state of Florida, and most of the citrus here is used to make juice. Almost half of all the citrus grown in the US comes from Florida on approximately 480,000… Read More

I HATE Robo-Calls: How to avoid phone scams.

Have you ever gotten a call on your cell phone that looked legitimate, but wasn’t? Yesterday on my personal cell phone, I received a phone call that was from my area code and had the digits that indicate… Read More

An overview of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Convergent Lady Beetle

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the coordinated use of pest and environmental information with available pest control methods to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people,… Read More

Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins and Sunn Hemp, Oh My!

Each year during the fall harvest season, public schools from all around North Florida send youth to the annual Fall Harvest Experience located at the North Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley* in Live Oak. In addition to hosting… 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

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

Precision Agriculture: A New Age of Farming

Precision agriculture technology has become one of the most popular fields of research worldwide. Science is continuously looking for more efficient ways to improve how we feed the world. Various technological aspects of precision farming utilize real time data and software analytics, (using GIS… Read More