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Category: Farm Management

UF/IFAS researchers examine plant litter decomposition in grazing land

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The sustainability of grazing land depends on several factors, including nutrient cycling from short-term and long-term plant litter decomposition. The plant material that falls to the ground decomposes at different rates. Plant characteristics, such as the carbon (C)… Read More

UF/IFAS researcher surveying Florida cow-calf producers and land managers

cattle grazing at sunrise

A UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department researcher is seeking cow-calf operations in Florida to be part of a survey. Dr. Maria Silveira is leading the effort. The goal is to understand phosphorus balances and budgets in the… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. The personal health and safety of everyone… Read More

Organic farmers face trade-offs between fertility choices, sustainability

produce labeled as organic and locally produced

Organic farmers have trade-offs to consider when it comes to their options for managing soil fertility, according to new research from a University of Florida scientist. Gabriel Maltais-Landry, an assistant professor in the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department,… Read More

Soil and Water Sciences Professor Named Leader of International Group

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Dr. Rao Mylavarapu, professor of sustainable nutrient systems in the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department and university term professor, was unanimously elected as the Inaugural Chair of the International Governing Council of the International Soil and Plant… Read More

Soil and Water Summer Experience – Stephen Singleton

Farm Credit of Florida interns standing in farm field

The Soil and Water Sciences Department is offering students the chance to blog about their summer experience. The students enrolled in one of three courses over the summer, for which they received credit: SWS 4905-Individual Work, SWS 4911-Supervised… Read More

Featured New Faculty: Lakesh Sharma

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Dr. Lakesh Sharma has joined the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Sustainable Nutrient Management. We asked him to tell us about his background and future plans. What are your… Read More

New website designed to protect water quality around horse farms

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is funding a UF/IFAS project to create a new mobile responsive website with an interactive farm Best Management Practices evaluation tool. It will allow horse owners to assess their… Read More

The Human Dimension of Soil Science

A Soil and Water Sciences doctoral candidate is studying mental models of farmers and agricultural experts in Miami-Dade County. Claire Friedrichsen is focusing on the communication gap that exists between those two groups when it comes to soil… Read More