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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
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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
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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, Sustainable Agriculture
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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
cattle grazing at sunrise

UF/IFAS researcher surveying Florida cow-calf producers and land managers


July 17, 2020

A UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department researcher is seeking cow-calf operations in Florida to be part of a survey. Dr. Maria Silveira is leading the effort. The goal is to understand phosphorus balances and budgets in the state of Florida. “This ... READ MORE

Category: Farm Management, Livestock, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Cattle, Maria Silveira, Phosphorus, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension


March 15, 2020

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 in the ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Camp, Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Crops, Curriculum, Disaster Preparation, Events, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Livestock, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Recreation, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Covid-19, Featured Hot Topic, Hot Topic
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Organic farmers face trade-offs between fertility choices, sustainability


September 13, 2019

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 ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Gabriel Matlais-Landry, Organic Farming, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Soil Nutrient Management
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Soil and Water Sciences Professor Named Leader of International Group


September 9, 2019

Dr. Rao Mylavarapu, professor of sustainable nutrient systems in the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department and university term professor, was unanimously elected as the Inaugural Chair of the International Governing Council of the International ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: IFAS Analytical Service Laboratories, Rao Mylavarapu, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department
Farm Credit of Florida interns standing in farm field

Soil and Water Summer Experience – Stephen Singleton


August 16, 2019

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

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Environmental Management In Agriculture And Natural Resources, Farm Credit Of Florida, Internship, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Stephen Singleton, Summer Experience
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Featured New Faculty: Lakesh Sharma


July 29, 2019

Dr. Lakesh Sharma has joined the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Sustainable Nutrient Management. We asked him to tell us about his background and future plans. What are your research ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Featured Faculty, Lakesh Sharma, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Soil Fertility, Soil Science, Sustainable Nutrient Management, SWS Featured Faculty

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