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Category: Crops

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Research finds the amount and timing of nitrogen availability depends on the cover crop mixture


September 5, 2023

When it comes to sustainable agroecosystems, cover crops are a key component. However, choosing whether a single cover crop or a mixture will provide growers with the right nutrients needed for the cash crop they are planting is still up for ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Crops, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Cover Crops, Nitrogen, Soil And Water Sciences, Sustainable Agriculture, Yang Lin

Graduate student examines nitrogen release dynamics, potential soil health benefits of cover crops

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June 14, 2022

Precious Nyabami, a master's student in the UF/IFAS department of soil, water, and ecosystem sciences, is studying cover crops’ impact on soil health and nutrient management. The focus is on nitrogen (N). She wants to understand N release ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Crops, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Cover Crops, Nitrogen, Precious Nyabami, Soil And Water Sciences, Yang Lin
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Introducing the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

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May 16, 2022

The UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department is now the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences (SWES). Why did we add “ecosystems” to the name? We feel it better reflects the breadth of research, teaching, and extension ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Forests, UF/IFAS, Water
Tags: Matt Whiles, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department
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Researchers investigate summer cover crops in organic vegetable production

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March 10, 2022

The use of cover crops between growing seasons can improve nutrient cycling and soil health among other things. Researchers in the UF/IFAS soil and water sciences department (SWS) conducted a study on the benefits of a summer cover crop in organic ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Cover Crops, Field And Fork, Gabriel Maltais-Landry, John Allar, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department
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New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems


September 16, 2020

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 ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Crops, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Citra, Cover Crops, Entomology And Nematology, Gabriel Maltais-Landry, Grant Project, Horticultural Sciences Department, Nematology, Nifa, Organic, Plant Science Research And Education Unit, Research, Sarah Strauss, Soil And Water Sciences, Southwest Florida Research And Education Center, USDA Organic, USDA-NIFA, USDA-NIFA Organic Agriculture Research And Extension Initiative, Xin Zhao, Zane Grabau
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The important role of nitrogen in Florida soils

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June 15, 2020

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 ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Lawn, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Clayton Nevins, Nitrogen, Patrick Inglett, Sarah Strauss, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department
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Research indicates crop-available legacy phosphorus could fertilize crops while saving farmers money

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May 26, 2020

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 fertilizer ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Crops, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Fertilizer, Phosphorus, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Vimala Nair
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Research examines efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer for tomatoes

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April 10, 2020

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 the UF/IFAS Soil ... READ MORE

Category: AGRICULTURE, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Fertilizer, Laura Jalpa, Rao Mylavarapu, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Tomato

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