Determining What It Will Take to Improve Water Resources

Ashley Robinson Environment, Florida, Top Posts, Water

By Ashley Robinson Increased adoption of best management practices (BMPs) by agricultural producers is a potential tool for improving water resource conditions. However, the economic feasibility of this approach is largely unknown in watersheds connected to the Florida aquifer. The University of Florida (UF) has joined three other Southeastern universities in research efforts to help ensure water for agricultural production …

UF Water Institute Symposium Addresses Complex Issues

Ashley Robinson Florida, Top Posts, Water

By Ashley Robinson Water is an issue that touches every Florida resident and community. How much we have, its quality and how we use it are concerns that are rising to the forefront of legislature and public policy.  Scientists, industry representatives and public policymakers came together to focus on critical issues facing the future of Florida’s water at the 7th …

Determining the Ideal Irrigation for Peaches

Ashley Robinson Irrigation, Peaches, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson According to researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA), supplemental irrigation can have a significant impact on peach tree growth. When Dario Chavez, assistant professor of peach research and Extension, started his research with UGA in 2014, he noticed that most growers were not irrigating their young peach trees in newly established orchards. Fruit production begins after …

Soil Moisture Sensors Benefit Vegetable Growers

Tacy Callies Irrigation, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Irrigation scheduling tools like soil moisture sensors can save vegetable growers valuable input costs by applying less irrigation while also increasing crop yields, according to University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Vegetable Specialist Andre da Silva. He discussed irrigation management in vegetables during the Georgia Plant Food Educational Society meeting on Jan. 14–15 on the UGA Tifton …

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New Website All About Harmful Algal Blooms

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Water

(UF/IFAS) — The University of Florida (UF) has unveiled a new website to address the public’s confusion surrounding harmful algal blooms (HABs), The website addresses causes of such events, effects and attempts to combat future blooms. Scientists from several University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) departments and affiliated groups teamed up to provide expertise for the site, …

Growers Discuss BMPs

Tacy Callies Florida, Top Posts, Water

By Ernie Neff Two growers participating in a Dec. 16 program about local agricultural issues shared some of the best management practices (BMPs) their companies employ. The event was hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee. Danny Sutton, president and general manager of Alico Citrus, …

BMPs Discussion Attracts Growers

Tacy Callies Florida, Top Posts, Water

By Ernie Neff A Dec. 16 discussion of local agricultural issues with a focus on best management practices (BMPs) attracted more than 50 attendees to Immokalee. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Southwest Florida Research and Education Center hosted the event. Professor and center director Kelly Morgan summarizes the discussions, which he says included “some …

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Florida’s Arguments Rejected in ‘Water War’

Dan Cooper Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

(NSF) — For years, Florida has blamed Georgia’s water use for causing damage to the economically vital oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay. But a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed this week, dealing a major blow to Florida in its legal fight to force Georgia to share more water in a river system that links the two …