Drone Photos Help Growers Manage Weeds

Jaci Schreckengost Technology, Top Posts

To help Florida vegetable and specialty crop growers ensure their weed management programs are efficient, researchers have created an easier way to examine weeds. Ramdas Kanissery, assistant professor at the University of Florida’s (UF) Horticultural Sciences Department at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, said drones have become essential tools to help growers improve their herbicide use. …

Mechanized Harvesting Brings Challenges for Blueberry Growers

Abbey Taylor Berries, Technology, Top Posts

As labor continues to be a challenge for blueberry growers, there has been an increasing interest in machine harvesting in fresh markets. However, what may seem like a quick fix to a large problem has presented difficulties of its own, according to Jeff Williamson, Extension horticulturist with the University of Florida. Traditionally, blueberries are hand picked. It is no secret …

High-Tech Ag Applications on Your Horizon

Abbey Taylor Technology, Top Posts

By Kevin M. Folta An explosion of technology has changed virtually every aspect of the human experience since the turn of the millennium. While innovations are conspicuous in communication, transportation and medicine, technological tentacles have been slower to creep into agriculture. However, over the last five years, there has been a tremendous upsurge in how science and engineering merged with …

A Way to Save Water

Kelsey Fry Environment, Technology, Top Posts, Water

Variable-rate irrigation may be a grand step forward in the sustainability efforts of agriculturalists. Charles Barrett, regional water resources Extension agent for the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, says, “The technology itself has been around for a while, but it’s starting to gain some traction.” Variable-rate irrigation allows for control over the center pivot. The system forms a grid map …

Learn How to Grow Plants Without Soil at Hydroponic Farming Workshop

Abbey Taylor Technology, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu LIVE OAK, Fla. — Do you want to know how to grow plants without soil? More and more, people want to start a hydroponic farming business. To meet that demand, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension will host workshops this month to get you going. This marks the ninth straight …

Creating Captivating Farm Stories

Kelsey Fry Technology, Top Posts

“Telling the farm story” has become a staple form of outreach for agriculture. But making an impact from storytelling requires diligent construction of personalized scenarios to relay to the public. With a great story, one can effectively convey the correct messages regarding labor, environmental issues and the ever-changing political scenarios. Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public …

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New UF/IFAS Scientist Brings Latest Technology to Battle Against Invasive Species

Dan Cooper Research, Technology

by Robin Koestoyo, University of Florida/IFAS Carey Minteer, a research professor with expertise in the use of biological controls to manage invasive plants, has joined the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Florida has the most invasive species in the country, with 28 ports of entry, including seaports, airports and train stations. Minteer, who is also an expert …

50th World Ag Expo in California

Kelsey Fry innovation, Technology, Top Posts

The 50th anniversary World Ag Expo is currently underway at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. There are more than 1400 exhibits, with 26 million square feet of exhibit space. Last year more than 106,340 people visited the expo. The event is the culmination of the hard work of 25 staff members and 1200 volunteers. “It’s really exciting to be chairman …