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Category: Crops

The important role of nitrogen in Florida soils

hand holding garden trowel with soil

A new UF/IFAS Extension document from Soil and Water Sciences Department (SWS) researchers highlights the important role of nitrogen (N) in Florida soils. The element is necessary for healthy plants. However, properly managing soil N levels can be… Read More

Research indicates crop-available legacy phosphorus could fertilize crops while saving farmers money

cornfield

Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFSAS) report soil legacy phosphorus could be enough to fertilize crops – at least for a planting season or two. Using the abundance of this common… Read More

Research examines efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer for tomatoes

tomato flowers on vine

The efficient use of fertilizer is a concern to those in and outside of agricultural production. Too much, or application at the wrong time, wastes resources for producers and can pose a risk to the environment. Researchers in… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. The personal health and safety of everyone… Read More

Organic farmers face trade-offs between fertility choices, sustainability

produce labeled as organic and locally produced

Organic farmers have trade-offs to consider when it comes to their options for managing soil fertility, according to new research from a University of Florida scientist. Gabriel Maltais-Landry, an assistant professor in the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department,… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension changing soil test options, reporting of results

Bags of soil samples at the UF/IFAS soil testing lab

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension soils lab is making changes to its test reporting procedures beginning Sept. 1, 2019. The Extension Soil Testing Laboratory (ESTL) is combining its micronutrients and macronutrients tests…. Read More

Soil and Water Summer Experience – Ben Tubbs

citrus trees at UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center

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

Helping Haiti Achieve Higher Black Bean Yields

For Haitians, black beans are a food staple and the most consumed bean in the country. But farmers there have one of the lowest yield rates in the world for the crop – 660 kilograms per hectare (ha-1)…. Read More

Graduating Senior Taking Soil and Water Sciences Knowledge Overseas

Ethan Weinrich has packed a lot of experiences into his time at the University of Florida. As a community college transfer student from Tallahassee, it seems that was the only option for his two years in Gainesville. Ethan… Read More