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Long squash vines on trellis.

Long Squash: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida


May 6, 2016

Long squash is an annual, vigorous, and herbaceous crop that was brought to the Americas by Paleoindian populations from Asia before the arrival of Columbus. This 4-page fact sheet provides an overview of this plant as well as recommendations ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Health & Nutrition, Lawn
Tags: Asian Vegetable, Bonnie Wells, David Dinkins, Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, Long Squash, Qingren Wang, Yuncong Li, Yuqi Cui
Bitter melon’s female flower.

Bitter Melon: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida


May 5, 2016

Bitter melon is a tropical and subtropical vegetable crop with long climbing vines which is widely cultivated in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The unripe fruit is used as a vegetable with a pleasantly bitter taste. This 7-page fact sheet ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Health & Nutrition
Tags: Asian Vegetable, Bitter Melon, Bonnie Wells, David Dinkins, Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, Qingren Wang, Yuncong Li, Yuqi Cui
Freshly picked tomatoes

Implementing the Four Rs (4Rs) in Nutrient Stewardship for Tomato Production


March 19, 2016

Fertilization plays a critical role in tomato production across the state of Florida. However, appropriate fertilization management depends on four major components (4Rs): right source, right rate, right placement, and right timing. Farming ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: 4Rs, Agricultural Sustainability, Fertilization, Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, Kelly Morgan, Nutrient Stewardship, Qingren Wang, Tomato Production, Yuncong Li
Beef cattle feeding facilities at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna, Florida. Building, structures, stockades, feeding, cattle, beef production.

The Economic Impact of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle


January 6, 2016

A well-run, profitable business is usually more efficient than its competitors. In the case of the beef cattle industry, competition can come from two sources: other producers who sell similar classes of cattle, and other protein-producing species, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Livestock, Money Matters
Tags: Animal Sciences Department, Beef Cattle, Darren D. Henry, Economic Impact, Feed Efficiency, Feed To Gain Ratio, G. Cliff Lamb, Major Revision, North Florida Research And Education Center, Residual Feed Intake, Travis D. Maddock
Long bean plants bearing pods in Hastings.

Long Bean: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida


December 14, 2015

Food diversity, nutritional food supply, and profitability are the priorities of agricultural and horticultural industries. To diversify vegetable products and increase the Florida vegetable industry's competitiveness, a number of new vegetable ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Health & Nutrition
Tags: Asian Vegetable, Bonnie Wells, David Dinkins, Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, Kshitij Khatri, Long Bean, Qingren Wang, Yuncong Li
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

Improving the Precision of Blueberry Frost Protection Irrigation


December 2, 2015

In Florida, early-ripening southern highbush blueberry cultivars allow growers to take advantage of high prices in the early market before other states can compete with higher volumes of berries sold at lower prices. That advantage comes with ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: Blueberry, Cold Protection And Chilling Damage, Food And Resource Economics Department, Jeffrey Williamson, Mercy Olmstead, Tatiana Borisova, Tori Bradley
Figure 1. Children can learn the science of life through the 4-H Embryology Project. Credit: Marcus Boston, UF/IFAS

Eggcellent Adventures in Classroom Embryology


October 28, 2015

Eggcellent Adventures in Classroom Embryology is about learning through experience. In most cases, when a teacher signs up to teach chicken embryology in the classroom, the teacher sets up the incubator and the teacher and class wait for the ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Curriculum, Livestock
Tags: 4-H Poultry & Embryology, 4-H Youth Development, Ag-STEM, Judy Levings, K-12 Education, Shaina Spann, Teaching
Dr. Robert Fraley of Monsanto speaking in public

Transparency in Agriculture and Natural Resources: Defining Transparent Communication


October 26, 2015

When we think about transparency, we usually think about business, public relations, and government; however; transparency is also an important consideration in agriculture and food industries. Defined as openness and the opposite of secrecy, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication Department, Communication, Joy N. Rumble

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