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Spraying crops. Photos from the Smathers Archives.

Agriculture and Occupational Health


December 15, 2021

While scouring the produce aisles at the grocery store, a shopper ponders questions. Are these tomatoes bright enough to make a nice garnish? Are those berries ripe? How do the featured apples taste compared to my old favorites? Will my picky ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Health & Nutrition, Professional Development, Work & Life
Tags: Beatrice Fenelon Pierre, Family Youth And Community Sciences Department, Health, Safety, Tracy Irani, Tyler S. Nesbit, Work
Sprinklers watering young citrus trees.

Learning about Farming Data


November 4, 2021

The issue of data collection, use, and ownership continues to be an important one. It relates to many facets of everyday life: social media, online shopping, media consumption, browsing habits, apps, and more. Questions of ownership and control ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management, Professional Development
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering Department, Albert De Vries, D. Daniel Sokol, Farming Data, Yiannis Ampatzidis, Ziwen Yu
Freshly picked tomatoes.

Learning about Agricultural Fatalities and Safety in Florida


July 22, 2021

Agriculture is an important but hazardous industry. Two recent EDIS publications focus on fatalities within this sector. A third EDIS publication discusses heat-related death in Florida. These articles share valuable information to increase ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Professional Development, UF/IFAS, Work & Life
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering Department, Agriculture, Clyde Fraisse, Deaths, Fishing, Forestry, Risk, Safety, Serap Gorucu, Ziwen Yu
Cotton farm.

Estimating Cotton Yield


May 14, 2021

A lot of planning, preparation, and labor goes into cotton production. The ability to estimate yield and familiarity with factors that affect yield can help growers with crop management. A recent EDIS publication, Estimating Cotton Yield, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Professional Development
Tags: Agronomy Department, Cotton, David Wright, De Broughton, Emma Brooks, Ethan Carter, Ian Small, Joseph Iboyi, Mahesh Bashyal, Mark Mauldin, Michael J. Mulvaney, Pratap Devkota, West Florida REC
Fresh yellow, red, and orange peppers at the farmers market.

Farmer-Led Cooperatives and Farm to School Procurement


March 31, 2021

One feature of the Farm to School (F2S) program is the purchase of food from local farms for cafeteria service. Florida's climate and year-round production provide opportunities to expand F2S. These conditions introduce exciting ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, Money Matters, Professional Development, Work & Life
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering Department, Buying Local, Catherine Campbell, Danielle D. Treadwell, Farm To School, Farmer-led Cooperative, Feasibility, Jonathan Adam Watson, Ray Bucklin, Small Farm, Southwest Florida
Honey bee castes: a. drone (male), b. queen (reproductive female), and c. worker (non-reproductive female).

The Social Organization of Honey Bees


December 2, 2015

A honey bee colony is a superorganism, which means that together its members function like a single animal. Bees within a colony work together like the cells in a human body. They warm the colony in the winter by vibrating their wings to generate ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Conservation, Curriculum, Farm Management, Natural Resources
Tags: Ashley N. Mortensen, Beekeeping, Bryan Smith, Entomology And Nematology, James D. Ellis
Green lacewing adult

Guidelines for Purchasing and Using Commercial Natural Enemies and Biopesticides in North America


October 23, 2015

This guide provides assistance in selecting, purchasing, and using commercially available natural enemies and biopesticides for managing pest problems. The guide assists in the identification of pests by habitat and lists types of natural enemies ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Pests & Disease
Tags: #UFBugs, Biological Control, Biopesticides, Entomology And Nematology Department, Integrated Pest Management, Lynn M. LeBeck, Norm C. Leppla, Pest Management

Understanding Nitrogen Transformations and Cycling for Sweet Corn Production in Sandy Soils


October 19, 2015

Because sandy soils have low water and nutrient-holding capacities and Florida experiences high rainfall periodically, optimizing fertilizer use efficiency for sweet corn production is challenging. The preparation of nitrogen budgets and the ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management
Tags: Farm-gate Budget, George Hochmuth, Nitrogen, Nutrient Management, Rishi Prasad, Sandy Soil, Soil And Water Science, Soil System Budget, Sweet Corn
Field on a farm

What is 4R nutrient stewardship?


September 18, 2015

A new and innovative approach to Best Management Practices for fertilizer application known as 4R nutrient stewardship is available, to ensure the environmental, social, and economical sustainability of commercial crop production. This 3-page ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, J. DeValerio, Kelly Morgan, Lincoln Zotarelli, Nutrient Management, Qingren Wang, Yuncong Li
Figure 1. Participants on a farm tour in Santa Rosa county Credit: Ginny Hinton, UF/IFAS

Planning for a Farm Tour: Keeping the Conversation Fresh


August 26, 2015

Hosting tours at your farm can be a great way to market your products and your farm's brand. Tours let you tell potential customers how you grow your food, why they should buy it, and who you are as a farmer. This 3-page fact sheet discusses ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication Department, Agritourism, Claire Mitchell, Joy N. Rumble

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