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UF/IFAS Evaluating Soil Mapping Technology for Variable Rate Applications

Fig. 1. Veris rig in operation with water jets engaged to clean the pH sensor Photo Credit:  Cheryl Mackowiak. The next generation of agriculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) will likely include new soil mapping technologies. Resulting maps are increasingly being used to guide variable applications of irrigation, fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides in the field. On-the-go …

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Soil Testing Can Save You Money

Correct way to pull a soil sample is the use of a soil probePhoto Credit : Eddie Powell Many home gardeners ask, why take soil samples? Soil sampling must be done prior to the planting of crops to determine the correct amount of nutrients and lime to add to the soil. It is best to …

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Soil: What’s Alive Beneath Our Feet?

You’re digging up a ridiculously stubborn patch of Florida betony when an earthworm crawls across your path. As you break apart the soil in your hands a world of active organisms is being sifted through your fingers. Fertile soil is teeming with beneficial microbes. It is estimated that there can be billions of microbes in …

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Pasture Soil Fertility Essential to Prevent Broomsedge Infestations

Broomsedge bluestem goes by many common names; broom grass, broom sage, sage brush, etc. No matter the name it is a sign of poor soil fertility. Broomsedge bluestem, or Andropogon virginicus L. is quite conspicuous this time of year. Its tall stems are the most noticeable feature in many fields. While these tall stems blowing in …

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Mehlich 3: Improved Soil Testing for Florida Growers

Soil testing is a critical component of modern agriculture.  Photo by Judy Ludlow There has been a change in the testing procedure at the UF/IFAS Lab which analyzes the nutrient profile of Florida’s soils. The Extension Soil Testing Laboratory (ESTL) has replaced the Mehlich 1 (M1) test with the Mehlich 3 (M3) test, but the …

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Phosphorus – Know Your Soil

In our area of Florida, soils will vary in the amount of nutrients they hold. In general, we think of our soils as nutrient poor because sand is often the highest component. Sandy soils have large pore spaces and the particles themselves do not ‘attract’ many of our nutrients. Therefore needed plant nutrients can leave …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/23/phosphorus-know-your-soil/

Organic Gardening Starts With The Soil

Image Credit UF IFAS Gardening solutions. What does it mean to grow gardens organically?  It depends upon who you talk to.  The simple answer is that organic gardeners only use animal or plant-based fertilizers rather than synthetic.  It also means use of natural pest control devoid of synthetically manufactured insecticides. In other words, using natural substances and beneficial insects to ward off pests instead …

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Soil Health and Cover Crop Group to Meet April 1

We know not to plant crotalaria now and the County Agent doesn’t wear a tie anymore, but Jefferson County and cover crops still go together.  Photo Credit: Estimated date of photo is 1920′s from the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/12 The first meeting of a Florida soil health/cover crop working group will be …

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So, You Have Alkaline Soil…

So you have alkaline soil… What next? Throughout the Panhandle, a common problem that often arises is finding a way to raise soil pH. This is due to the fact that we often encounter sandy, acid soils in this region. An often overlooked issue is explaining the process of gardening in a soil that tends to be more alkaline …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/26/so-you-have-alkaline-soil/

Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seed Germination

  A bountiful harvest Every winter, many Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetable plants.  It is definitely cheaper to buy vegetable seeds than vegetable transplants, and some vegetables grow better when direct seeded. One factor to take into consideration when planning a vegetable garden is that each vegetable has a different germination response to …

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