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UF/IFAS scientists host next ‘STEPS’ toward phosphorus sustainability with national think tank in South Florida


April 17, 2024

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for food security and human survival, and it is an element that cannot be replenished. That is why using phosphorus efficiently is essential and the focus of a national research effort led by leading ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Elise Morrison, Everglades Research And Education Center, Institute Of Food And Agricultural Sciences, Jehangir Bhadha, Jonathan Judy, Juan Nino, Kelly Morgan, Matthew VanWeelden, National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation-Science And Technology Center, News, Research, Sandra Guzmán, Science And Technologies For Phosphorus Sustainability, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), STEPS, UF/IFAS, University Of Florida

UF research: Proper grazing-land management can increase soil carbon storage, but more research needed


April 16, 2024

Soil can store carbon, reducing greenhouse gas concentrations from the atmosphere, and managing grazing lands in the best ways can increase their ability to provide these important ecosystems services. But insufficient research into how to ... READ MORE

Category: Farm Management, Livestock
Tags: Carbon Market, Carbon Sequestration, Grazing Lands, Greenhouse Gas, Land Management, Maria Silveira, Range Cattle Research And Education Center, Soil, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Water
A field with test plots of bahiagrass and perennial peanut plants.

Researchers examine potential benefits for soil health and nutrient availability in forage production


November 14, 2023

Forage production in intensively managed grasslands often requires continuous use of inorganic nitrogen fertilizers. This can be harmful to the environment. Scientists in the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences (SWES) studied ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Livestock, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Adesuwa Erhunmwunse, Bahiagrass, Fertilizer, Nitrogen, Perennial Peanut, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Sunny Liao
cover crops in field

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, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Sustainable Agriculture, Yang Lin

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


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, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Yang Lin
people crouching in corn field inspecting crop

Undergraduate student helping farmers in Africa


May 27, 2022

Caitlyn Claverie is a UF Online student, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources (EMANR). For the past two years, she has been in the south-central African nation of Zambia. As part ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Caitlyn Claverie, EMANR, Environmental Management In Agriculture And Natural Resources, Farming, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Sustainability
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Introducing the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences


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
a small patch of cover crops at a farm

Researchers investigate summer cover crops in organic vegetable production


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
field of cereal rye

Research examines how cover crops help soil health on Florida farms


February 4, 2021

Florida’s sandy soils can be a challenge for agricultural producers. Ensuring the soil retains the right amount of moisture and nutrients is a constant concern. Newly published UF/IFAS research examines how cover crops help soil health on ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Best Management Practices, Cover Crops, Jehangir Bhadha, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences, Sustainable Agriculture
pasture land

UF/IFAS researchers examine plant litter decomposition in grazing land


August 6, 2020

The sustainability of grazing land depends on several factors, including nutrient cycling from short-term and long-term plant litter decomposition. The plant material that falls to the ground decomposes at different rates. Plant characteristics, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Joao Sanchez, Maria Silveira, Marta Kohmann, Plant Litter Decomposition, Range Cattle REC, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Soil Water And Ecosystem Sciences

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