Sulfur Key Tool in Reducing Soil pH

Clint Thompson Florida, Soil, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Sulfur is a tool that South Florida growers can implement to decrease their soil pH in preparation for the upcoming fall season. Phillip Williams, an assistant professor at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, discusses the importance of bringing the soil pH down to its optimal level of 6.5. “The problem in Southwest Florida, our …

UF/IFAS Specialist: Every Time You Have Nutrient Leaching, You’re Losing Money

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By Clint Thompson Sandy soils dominate the soil landscape for vegetable production throughout Florida, according to University of Florida (UF)/IFAS. They provide growers distinct advantages, such as an ease of tillage and production of the earliest vegetable crops. However, a key disadvantage is the ability of nutrients to be leached, specifically with nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. Leaching refers to nutrients …

Soil Tests Essential for Upcoming Season

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By Clint Thompson A proper soil test can better prepare growers for the upcoming planting season. It should be done well in advance, says Eric Simonne, University of Florida/IFAS Northeast Extension District Director. “Ahead of the planting season is always the right time to do soil testing. You want to do that ahead of time enough so that if they …

Soil Sampling: Management Practice Key for Upcoming Season

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One of the most overlooked management practices for vegetable and specialty crop producers is also one of the most essential this time of year. Soil sampling can save producers money by providing valuable information about the nutrient content in their soils. It is a more efficient means of preparing for the upcoming season instead of just guessing, said Joe Kemble, …

Building Better Soil

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By Tiffany Bailey and Ida Vandamme It was about 18 months ago when we began planning our first crop to be planted on our newly certified organic field at Honeyside Farms in Parrish, Florida. The field was previously used for pastureland. It was easy to see that we would be starting from a soil structure that is common in our …

Soil Moisture Sensors Benefit Florida Farmers

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By Ashley Robinson Florida’s sandy soils mean that water management is a key component of producing crops in the Sunshine State. According to Charles Barrett, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) regional specialized Extension agent for water resources, irrigation scheduling tools like soil moisture sensors can help producers maximize their water efficiency and crop yields. Technology …