How healthy is your soil? This is a question that we should all be asking ourselves. Soil is the base of all terrestrial ecosystems, farms, and gardens. Despite this, most people routinely overlook the topic of soil health. Our reliance on conventional ... READ MORE
Soil health is an important aspect to strawberry and tomato production. Farmers often apply a type of pesticide called fumigants to the soil months before planting to manage soil health.
Fumigants reduce harmful diseases such as Fusarium ... READ MORE
We get a lot of questions from folks dealing with plant and pest issues in their landscape about “what to spray”, or “how to fertilize”. Often times we want the quick fix. What if there was more to having a thriving landscape than ... 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
Sunn ... READ MORE
Composting reduces your water use, improves your soil health, and decreases your overall environmental impact. Last Water Wednesday, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent in Orange County, Tia Silvasy, discussed how to turn kitchen and garden ... READ MORE
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Application deadline for financial assistance is Nov. 20
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 8, 2020 — Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until Nov. 20 for financial and technical ... READ MORE
UF/IFAS Extension and partner agencies, such as the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), offer cost-share and technical resources for agribusinesses. Here are some highlights of available resources, ... READ MORE
Dr. Yang Lin has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Soil and Water Sciences Department with a specialty in Soil Health. We asked him a little about how his career has developed and what his future research goals are.
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As we approach the end of the growing season here in South Florida, now can be a good time to think about planting summer cover crops. University of Florida researcher, Dr. Danielle Treadwell, shares that there is currently a real need to hear ... READ MORE
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