UF/IFAS research gives back food year-round

UF/IFAS research and education centers (RECs) grow fruits and vegetables all across Florida to develop growing techniques and cultivars that benefit farmers. These centers are spread from Jay in the Panhandle to Homestead in Southeast Florida. So, what happens to all that fresh food?  Much of it is donated to community food banks. Here’s a…

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A field day at the UF/IFAS Millennium Block

FORT PIERCE, Fla.— Florida citrus producers, including corporate leaders and research scientists, gathered recently to tour a 20-acre experimental citrus grove to observe the disease tolerance and horticultural performance of more than 5,500 trees in Florida. University of Florida research scientists will carry out the first harvest of the “Millennium Block,” a citrus grove planted in…

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UF/IFAS Range Cattle REC Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) Research Updates

By: Dr. Maria Silveira Dr. Maria SilveiraIn 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) network (https://ltar.ars.usda.gov/), with the mission of developing long-term, transdisciplinary research to address national and local agricultural priorities and advance the sustainable intensification of U.S. agriculture. The University of Florida, Range Cattle Research and Education Center,…

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Prepping Trees for Hurricanes

Severe weather is common in Florida, but hurricanes are major storms that can cause unpredictable damage. Preparing trees for these events is nearly impossible. The best we can do is work to ensure they are planted in the right place, planted correctly, pruned properly, and in overall good health. This gives them the best chance…

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Better with Butterflies: The Monarch

Welcome back to our monthly blog which this month is dedicated to the famous Monarch butterfly. Despite a long PR campaign to save its habitat, it is now on the endangered list. The Monarch is one of only three butterflies in the milkweed butterfly family (Danaidae) in North America. It is a very large butterfly…

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Starting over from scratch – the Florida-friendly landscaping™ way!

Florida- Friendly Landscaping™ is Just Horticultural Common Sense!Post-hurricane our landscapes are blank canvases awaiting renewal and reinvigoration.  What better time to explore the Florida- Friendly Landscaping™ manner of gardening!   Our yards are merely small models of the outside environment.  The water we use, the fertilizers we apply, and the pesticides we spray have influences in…

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Planting Problems Continue in Home Landscapes

Several times each month, I am diagnosing shrub and tree problems in Escambia County that are related to the same issue, improper planting.  Symptoms of this problem can be slow growth, leaf browning, and dieback.  Sometimes under stressful weather conditions like drought, plants completely die. The trunk was covered with several inches of soil. Photo by…

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