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Category: Agriculture

Water Wednesday Recap – Florida Automated Weather Network

Have you heard of FAWN? What is FAWN? FAWN is Florida Automated Weather Network. It is a University of Florida-operated service aiding agricultural decision-makers statewide since 1997. Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Project Manager… Read More

New Weed Science Resource: Comparing Plant ID Apps

The Landscape and Ornamental Production Weed Management Laboratory at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center has a new resource comparing plant identification apps and offering tips for budding horticulturists who are hoping to use apps… Read More

EDIS Update: A Beginner’s Guide to Begonias- Classification and Diversity

The begonia is the fifth largest genus of flowering plants and often used in hanging baskets, flowerpots and garden beds, in addition to landscapes. This EDIS publication breaks down the basics of begonias such as… Read More

Wild Weeds: Friends or Foes?

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When it comes to gardening mishaps, sometimes letting weeds run wild can be a good thing. Have you ever noticed tiny white flowers lining roadways, or more commonly, your landscape bed? What about flowers in… Read More

Brian Pearson Wins Teaching Scholar Honors from NACTA

Brian Pearson, assistant professor of landscape, ornamental and protected crop management in the department of environmental horticulture at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), won the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture’s Teaching… Read More

Weed of the Week: Spanish Needles

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. The weed of this week is Spanish Needles (Bidens spp.). In… Read More

Weed Control in Landscape Planting Beds

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. Weed control is one of the most expensive and time-consuming aspects… Read More

Weed Science Wednesday: Weed Control Inside Greenhouses and other enclosed structures

Weeds compete with crops for water, light, and nutrients, and will reduce crop marketability. In a restricted growth environment, such as container plant production, weeds reduce marketability and crop growth by almost 60%. Although there… Read More