biosolids

Biosolids Produce Less Nitrogen and Phosphorus Runoff than Inorganic Fertilizer

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Research, Soil, Water

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS-September 17, 2019) — New research from University of Florida scientists found that some nutrients from inorganic fertilizers enter surface water more easily than those from biosolids. Maria Silveira, a professor in the UF/IFAS department of soil and water sciences, led the study that collected runoff from a common pasture grass to determine its nitrogen and phosphorus content. …

agricultural

Agricultural Producers Urged to Learn About Irrigating Wisely at Free UF Event

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Research

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County will host a free event highlighting water-saving technologies available to agricultural producers and how this equipment has already aided growers in the area. Irrigating Wisely in Florida’s Agriculture, held at Brown’s Farm in Hawthorne, Florida, on Sept. 17, will share information on best management practices for utilizing water-saving technologies as well as …

florida hurricane

UF/IFAS Economist: Hurricane Dorian’s Impact on Florida Agriculture Minimal

Dan Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Weather

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — One day after Hurricane Dorian crept past Florida’s Atlantic coast, impacts to the state’s agricultural and natural resources-based industries appear to be minimal, according to an economist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. As of Thursday noon, the most notable effects were minor grapefruit losses in the Indian River area, a …

florida hurricane

Dorian’s Swing Threatens 770,000 Acres of Ag Land in Florida East Coast Counties

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — Hurricane Dorian began its much-anticipated northward swing Tuesday morning and is now expected to skirt Florida’s Atlantic coast, threatening a dozen coastal counties that are home to 9 million residents and more than 770,000 acres of agricultural land. Though most agricultural production in these counties occurs 10 miles or more inland, crops could be lost to …

dorian

Millions in Agricultural Crops at Risk as Dorian Approaches Florida

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Fruits, General, Georgia, Industry, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Water, Weather

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — If Hurricane Dorian makes landfall mid-way up Florida’s Atlantic Coast – as many models predicted Thursday afternoon – the storm could devastate not only Central Florida tourist destinations, but also the region’s agricultural areas, which include significant acreage devoted to citrus, vegetable, ornamental plant and cattle production. Economists and Extension faculty with the University of Florida …

dorian

All Eyes on Dorian as it Approaches U.S.

Dan Florida, Weather

Across Florida all eyes are on Hurricane Dorian. Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in anticipation of a powerful hit from the storm. The order covers numerous functions of state government, while also clearing the way for agreements with other states to coordinate resources. According to the News Service of Florida, the order covers all …

algae task force

UF Hosts Meeting of Blue-Green Algae Task Force

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — The University of Florida will host the next meeting of Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force on August 30 at 9 a.m. at the UF Levin College of Law. The meeting is open to the public and will be streamed live on the Florida Channel. Two UF/IFAS researchers are members of the six-person task force. Tom Frazer, …

tastier tomato

UF/IFAS Researchers Close in on a Tastier Tomato

Dan Field Crops, Florida, Industry News Release, Vegetables

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — In their quest for a tastier tomato, University of Florida scientists are finding traits they believe will tempt consumers with flavor that triggers their senses even more. They’re making significant progress on improving the UF-developed Tasti-Lee™ tomato – and it will feature improved flavor and aroma. “Modern tomato cultivars typically have poor flavor as compared to …

humans

UF/IFAS Researcher Aims to Improve Bacteria Treatments for Cows, Humans

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — University of Florida scientists believe they can develop new antimicrobials that will benefit dairy cattle and, eventually, humans by treating bacteria that normally resist antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria take a serious toll on cattle and humans. On the human side, at least 2 million people contract an antibiotic-resistant infection each year in the United States, and at …

seagrass

UF Student Wins Scholarship to Find Solutions to Seagrass Loss

Dan Aquaculture, Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — Right now, in a University of Florida marine science lab in Cedar Key, Florida, about 40 sea urchins are chowing down on their food of choice — seagrass. Jamila Roth, an interdisciplinary ecology student in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, is watching them closely. Roth wants to know how the urchins’ eating behavior …