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Graduate student examines nitrogen release dynamics, potential soil health benefits of cover crops


June 14, 2022

Precious Nyabami, a master's student in the UF/IFAS department of soil, water, and ecosystem sciences, is studying cover crops’ impact on soil health and nutrient management. The focus is on nitrogen (N). She wants to understand N release ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Cover Crops, Nitrogen, Precious Nyabami, Soil And Water Sciences, Yang Lin
a small patch of cover crops at a farm

Researchers investigate summer cover crops in organic vegetable production


March 10, 2022

The use of cover crops between growing seasons can improve nutrient cycling and soil health among other things. Researchers in the UF/IFAS soil and water sciences department (SWS) conducted a study on the benefits of a summer cover crop in organic ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Cover Crops, Field And Fork, Gabriel Maltais-Landry, John Allar, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department
Wasp on fennel

Protecting pollinators around the backyard


November 4, 2021

We have all read how important pollinators are to an ecosystem. We have also heard of all the causes for the decline of several species, but maybe we haven’t sat down to think of what we can do to improve their health around our homes. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Backyard, Bee, Biodiversity, Butterflies, Cover Crops, Extension, Flowers, IFAS, Nectar, Pesticide, Plant, Pollinator, Pollinator Garden, Protection, UF, Wasp, Wildlife

Sunn Hemp and Cowpea as Cover Crops in Florida


July 13, 2021

Pictured here are two types of summer cover crops used by local Collier County farmer, Nick Batty of Inyoni Organic Farm; Sunn hemp and Cowpea.   image 1: sunn hemp and cowpea cover crop mix on organic farm in Collier County Sunn ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Agawareness, Agriculture, Collier County, Cover Crops, Cowpea, Organic, Soil Health, Soil Nutrients, Sunn Hemp, Sustainability, Sustainable Farming, SWFL
field of cereal rye

Research examines how cover crops help soil health on Florida farms


February 4, 2021

Florida’s sandy soils can be a challenge for agricultural producers. Ensuring the soil retains the right amount of moisture and nutrients is a constant concern. Newly published UF/IFAS research examines how cover crops help soil health on ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Best Management Practices, Cover Crops, Jehangir Bhadha, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Sustainable Agriculture
Sunflowers as cover crop, UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

Cover Cropping in Summer


July 24, 2020

In the Wilting Heat Many Floridians choose not to grow any edibles during the summer in order to let the garden beds rest. It is generally a hostile time of year to be doing very much in the landscape anyway. Often, the area is left without ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Buckwheat, Calendula, Celosia, Cover Crops, Crop Families, Crop Rotation, Marigolds, Nitrogen Fixers, Ornamental Cover Crops, Summer Cover Crop, Sunflowers, Vegetable Garden, Weed Suppression, Zinnias

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