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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

Graduate students share soil and water sciences with after-school science club

Two Soil and Water Sciences (SWS) Department graduate students shared their knowledge with an after-school science club. Michael James and Julio Pachon visited students at the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center in Gainesville on March… 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

Student uses Andes Mountain Hike for Class Project

Hiking path in valley of Andes Mountains, Peru.

A student majoring in Environmental Management of Agricultural and Natural Resources used a hike in the Andes Mountains this spring to complete a class project. Sarah Birkmire was taking GIS for Soil and Water Science… Read More

Guide for the Nutrition of Florida Citrus Trees Updated

citrus trees at UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center

Nutrition of Florida Citrus Trees, 3rd Edition is an update of UF/IFAS Bulletin SP169, which has provided guidelines for Florida citrus fertilization since 1995. The goal is to provide background information and recommendations to develop… 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… 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

Soil and Water Sciences Department chair receives textbook award

textbook cover Freshwater Ecology

Dr. Matt Whiles, the chair of the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department, is a recipient of the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Textbook Excellence Award for 2020. Whiles and co-author Dr. Walter Dodds… Read More