Success Stories

Increasing Irrigation Efficiency in North Florida

North Florida’s Lower Suwannee River Basin (SRB) is a major field crop production area, particularly for corn and peanuts. Supplemental watering is required to achieve maximum economic production due to sandy, porous soils. More than 100,000 acres of agricultural land in the basin have been fitted with overhead irrigation systems to meet water demand and achieve economic optimum production. More...

Vegetable Growers Install Drip Irrigation in Southwest Florida

According to a survey by Gene McAvoy, an extension agent and county extension director in southwest Florida, vegetable growers are installing drip irrigation at an increased pace. Over the past five years, adoption of more efficient low volume drip irrigation systems by vegetable growers has increased dramatically in Southwest Florida ... More...

Development of Fertilizer Banding in Potato Production in the Tri-County Agricultural Area (TCAA)

Potatoes grown in the Tri-county Agricultural Area (TCAA) have traditionally been fertilized by pre-plant incorporated broadcast applications. This practice tends to waste fertilizer because fertilizes invariable find their way into the water furrows and ends of the fields where potatoes will not be grown. More...

Reducing Irrigation During Freeze Events in Florida Citrus

Freezes in Florida can be very devastating to citrus crops. Orchards are protected from freeze events by running the irrigation system. Extension agents and university specialists have been providing educational programs from South Florida through Central Florida on the use of the Florida Agricultural Weather Network (FAWN) and locally acquired climatic data to precisely schedule irrigation for freeze protection. More...

My Florida Farm Weather Puts Water Management in Growers Hands

Weather-related information is essential to Florida’s agricultural producers for making important decisions regarding the use water for irrigation scheduling and cold protection. Growers rely primarily on FAWN weather data and tools to plan for irrigation and freeze protection, and FAWN has been proven very useful in helping growers save both water and dollars – IFAS estimates show use of FAWN tools on cold nights can potentially generate savings of millions of dollars and billions of gallons of water. More...

Improving Irrigation Efficiency in Container Nurseries

University extension agents and specialists from around the state held a workshop on improving irrigation efficiency in container nursery operations that was attended by 38 nursery growers from five counties in central Florida. Topics covered were: irrigation system uniformity and how this impacts plant growth; relationships between irrigation water quality and plant health; and potting soil particle size and how it affects the container drainage and irrigation. More...

Construction of Compost Facilities to Improve Manure Management

Without proper management of horse manure, excess nutrients such as nitrogen can leach into the ground water or be washed into surface waters. Jaime Cohen, an IFAS extension agent in Marion County consulted on the construction and management of impermeable compost bins that more carefully manage manure on six horse farms. More...

Soil Testing for Better Pasture Management

Hundreds of cattle and horse ranchers from South Florida to the panhandle have been receiving education from the University of Florida extension agents at the county level on best management practices for nutrient management of pastures and hay fields. More...

Success of Cooperative Programs between University of Florida, IFAS Extension Agents and FDACS Staff

The University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS); in cooperation with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Office of Agricultural Water Policy (OAWP) and the state water management districts provided an In-Service Training (IST) session after the Florida State Horticultural Society in June of 2013. This IST initiated a change in direction for support of Best Management Practices (BMPs) by UF/IFAS, from one of implementation to cooperative education. More...

A Little Success Story

A "Little" Success Makes a Big Difference. More...

Tiger Head Lake Ranch Success Story

“Real Florida” and Best Management Practices. More...

IFAS-BMP Implementation Team

To date, nearly 4,700 farms, groves, and nurseries that encompass over 1.8 million acres have been enrolled in FDACS BMP programs throughout the state (not including about 460,000 enrolled in the Lake Okeechobee Protection Plan BMP program). Even though the adoption and implementation of BMPs for agricultural producers is a slow, long-term process, many successes have been documented already. More...