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Controlled-release fertilizer project nets positive results for north Florida watermelon growers

January 24, 2024

A pilot project during the Spring 2023 growing season aimed to improve nitrogen use efficiency through new fertilizer technology. It also used the “4R’s” (Right source, Right rate, Right place, and Right time) as well as irrigation management. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Controlled Release, Fertilizer, Nitrogen Management, Nutrient Management Program, Suwannee Valley, Watermelon
a watermelon field in north Florida

On-farm Extension demonstrations evaluate the use of controlled-release fertilizers compared to conventional fertilizers in watermelons

January 18, 2024

These Research and Extension demonstrations were conducted during the spring of 2020 and 2021 comparing controlled-release fertilizers (CRF) to conventional fertilizer programs. These were made possible by the funding assistance of the Florida ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Controlled Release, Fertigation, Fertilizer, Nitrogen, Nutrient Management Program, Watermelon
small watermelon in the field

UF/IFAS Researchers in North Florida Examining Watermelon Best Management Practices

November 8, 2023

Watermelon is a major crop grown in the Suwannee Valley. It accounts for nearly one-third of the total watermelon production in Florida, covering approximately 26,300 acres. The Sunshine State grows about one of every four watermelons produced ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Controlled Release, Fertilizer, Nitrogen Management, Nutrient Management Program, Robert Hochmuth, Sydney Williams, Watermelon

Sweet and Tasty Watermelon

July 5, 2023

Watermelon is a refreshing and nutritious treat any time of the year. Watermelon feeds and watermelon seeds go hand in hand for some fun times. Read on for more information on eating, handling, growing, and serving tasty watermelon. MyPlate ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Broward County, Cutting Watermelon, Eat Plenty Of Fruit And Vegetables, Eating For Good Health, Follow MyPlate Guidelines, Food Safety, Gardening, Growing Watermelon, Handling A Watermelon Safely, Handling Watermelon, Health Benefits, Master Gardener Program, Master Gardeners, Nutritional Value Of Watermelon, Refreshing Watermelon, UF/IFAS Solutions, Watermelon, Watermelon And Hydration, Watermelon Recipes

AI helps detect watermelon disease quickly, accurately

July 18, 2022

If you savor a juicy watermelon in the scorching summer heat, Florida farmers toil to meet your tastes. The Sunshine State leads the nation in watermelon production. But, like all farmers, those who produce watermelons seek ways to control ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: #aiatuf, Agricultural And Biological Engineering, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Detection, Disease, Downy Mildew, Drones, Machine Learning, Southwest Florida Research And Education Center, Technology, Watermelon, Yiannis Ampatzidis

Irrigation is Key to the Success of Controlled Release Fertilizer

December 17, 2021

LIVE OAK, Fla. --- For farmers in the Suwannee Valley, using Best Management Practices (BMP) are more important than ever to efficiently irrigate their crops. At the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center - Suwannee Valley (UF/IFAS ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Controlled Release, Fertilizer, Nitrogen Management, On-farm Demonstrations, Water Conservation, Watermelon

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