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Category: Crops

New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture just announced funding for a project comprising an interdisciplinary team from the University of Florida. The three-year project, “Quantifying the nitrogen cycling benefits of… Read More

The important role of nitrogen in Florida soils

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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… Read More

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

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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… Read More

Research examines efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer for tomatoes

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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… 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… Read More

Organic farmers face trade-offs between fertility choices, sustainability

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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… 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… 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… Read More