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Category: Farm Management

New Extension agent builds on legacy of those before her

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — When you meet Ajia Paolillo, you might think that everything old is new again. That’s because Paolillo, the new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension citrus agent… Read More

Blueberry growers can use updated, UF/IFAS web-based tool to fight fungus

Instead of spraying every two or three weeks, Florida blueberry growers can use an updated web-based tool to fight anthracnose fruit rot (AFR) with more precision, thanks to work by UF/IFAS experts. Blueberries grow throughout much of Florida… Read More

Taller, Higher Soil Bed Design Can Help Save Farmers Thousands of Dollars

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — From Florida to Virginia, farmers are enjoying the fruits of Sanjay Shukla’s labor. His compact-bed geometry system allows growers to plant crops in tall soil beds, and the result is thousands of dollars in annual… Read More

Growers prepare for winter weather with UF/IFAS Extension

UF/IFAS Extension educates growers on how to protect their crops and prepare for winter weather at the upcoming Winter Weather School. This year, the event will address winter crop protection for citrus, blueberries and ornamental plants; all of… Read More

Citrus soil health an important part of overall tree health

UF/IFAS will host a field day focused on improving citrus soil health, a topic of growing interest to researchers and growers. With the challenges of citrus greening, there is an increased need for understanding overall tree health including… Read More

New Fertilizer Technology May Help Farmers Reduce Nitrogen Load

By: Kelly Aue LIVE OAK, Fla. — In the Suwannee Valley, farmers are diligently searching for solutions, or Best Management Practices (BMPs), to efficiently use fertilizers in crop production. At the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center… Read More

Steam Technique Can Spell Doom for Citrus Weeds, Help Preserve Environment

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Like many farmers nationwide, citrus growers are looking for any edge in their fight against weeds, and they’d rather use fewer chemicals to control the plants, says a University of Florida scientist. That’s because chemicals… Read More

Study: Biosolids Produce Less Nitrogen and Phosphorus Runoff than Inorganic Fertilizer

By Mike Loizzo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New research from University of Florida scientists found that some nutrients from inorganic fertilizers enter surface water more easily than those from biosolids. Maria Silveira, a professor in the UF/IFAS department of… Read More

Cloud-Based Software Helps Farmers on the Ground

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — A University of Florida agricultural engineer has developed software that can help farmers find the best places to plant crops and to identify fruit and vegetable varieties that perform better against diseases. Now, Yiannis Ampatzidis… Read More

Agricultural Producers Urged to Learn About Irrigating Wisely at Free UF Event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County will host a free event highlighting water-saving technologies available to agricultural producers and how this equipment has already aided growers in the area. Irrigating Wisely in Florida’s Agriculture, held at Brown’s… Read More