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
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
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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
During the summers in Florida, many house owners are looking for more ways to get outdoors. Vegetable gardening is a wonderful pass time; however, here in the sunshine state the high temperatures make it difficult to grow all year round. Sometimes ... READ MORE
Dr. David Wright, a professor of agronomy with the UF North Florida Research and Education Center, presented a recent seminar on how cover crops and cattle grazing are a BMP to following crops. (more…) READ MORE
Dr. Danielle Treadwell was the first speaker of the 2020 BMP Summit, which is occurring April 7th through June 23rd. She discussed how cover crops are a tool that can help growers meet BMP goals and how to manage covers in fruit and vegetable ... READ MORE
Are carrots grown in Florida?
Carrots in the Suwannee Valley region (the North Central portion of the state) have become more popular over the years. Around 4,000 acres were planted and harvested in the area this year and the crop has the potential ... READ MORE
Nearly 80 attendees including producers and stakeholders gathered at the North Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley on May 20, 2019, to learn about potential opportunities of prospective alternative crops. The Center hosted ... READ MORE
With an audience of half farmers and half researchers, Dr. Ray Ward explained “What soil health reports tell us” at a workshop March 14th . His laboratory in Nebraska is the only commercial soil health testing facility in the ... READ MORE
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.
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