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Category: Crops

Sixth-generation farmer uses best management practices to take care of land

By Kelly Aue LIVE OAK, Fla. — As a sixth-generation farmer in Columbia County, Matt Dicks uses Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to manage his family’s farm, Price Creek Cattle Company. “For farmers to stay in business, they… Read More

Vertical farms could produce hundreds of times more wheat, study finds

What would happen if we grew wheat not on acres of land but in multistory structures that look like office buildings? The answer: yields as much as 600 times greater than those of traditional farming methods, according to… Read More

Celebrating avocados July 31st? UF/IFAS researchers making great strides on saving the Florida avocado industry

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – As consumers commemorate National Avocado Day on July 31st, UF/IFAS scientists keep a steady pace of lab and field work for the Florida avocado industry as they fight laurel wilt. Detected in Georgia in 2002,… Read More

Florida’s citrus growers have new tool to help fight citrus greening

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — If information is power, Florida citrus growers have a new asset in their fight against citrus greening disease, which has been impacting the state’s multi-billion dollar citrus industry. The University of… Read More

New institute to address food production and sustainability at global scale

The University of Florida has announced the creation of the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute, which will bring together the university’s top researchers to find solutions to feeding the world in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable…. Read More

UF/IFAS scientists develop a specialty pepper with better resistance to root-knot nematodes

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year business in Florida,… Read More

UF professor earns award from UF/IFAS Extension peers

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Water is essential to Florida farmers. They scrutinize the amount available, its quality and when and how they should use it to grow crops, feed animals and sustain their livelihood. University… Read More

UF/IFAS team aims to increase blackberry yield

BALM, Fla. — Blackberries ripen in Florida in May and June, so it’s an ideal time to be thinking about how to grow more of them. Those who produce blackberries in Florida want to increase their yield, and… Read More

UF/IFAS supports faculty teams to develop emerging enterprises in Florida

A new UF/IFAS grant program provides over $1 million in funding to further research and education of emerging agricultural enterprises in Florida. This expands traditional crop research to include other enterprises like deer farming, oyster farming and more…. Read More

UF/IFAS Extension agents working together to better serve citrus growers

By RUTH BORGER  LAKE ALFRED, FL — Florida’s citrus growers have long benefited from productive relationships with UF/IFAS Extension commercial citrus agents who work in central and Southwest Florida. And it’s about to get better. UF/IFAS Extension commercial… Read More