The University of Florida’s West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) held its annual Extension Farm Field Day last week at the research farm near Jay, Florida. At the various stops, growers learned more about research efforts in cotton, peanuts and other row crops.
One attendee was Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). He talked with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman about the importance of UF/IFAS research efforts, and also discussed UF/IFAS work with growing hemp in Florida.
Included in the WFREC Field Day program was Barry Tillman with the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC). He discussed managing peanut varieties to minimize disease risk and maximize performance.
David Wright, also with the NFREC, discussed cotton defoliation.
Ian Small of NFREC gave an update on research efforts with leaf roll dwarf virus.
Mike Mulvaney, with WFREC, talked about cover crops with cotton.
Pratap Devkota, with WFREC, discussed weed control in peanuts and a multi-state project that is underway.