Tag Archive: Cover

Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices for Crop Farmers

On August 10th, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa and Escambia County Extension hosted a field day covering moisture monitoring, cover crops, and best management practices at Mickey Diamond’s Farm.  Through a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Practice (BMP) mini-grant, UF/IFAS Extension, FDACS, and NRCS have been able to examine how cover crops …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/11/moisture-monitoring-cover-crops-and-best-management-practices-for-crop-farmers/

Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day – August 10

Please join us on the morning of August 10th for a Moisture Monitoring, Cover Crops, and Best Management Practices Field Day hosted by UF/IFAS Santa Rosa Extension.  The event will take place from 8:00 am to 9:30 at Mickey Diamond’s Farm: 3270 Scarborough Road near Jay, Florida. The following topics will be covered: Soil Moisture Sensor Project Overview …

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USDA Develops Cover Crop Chart

Source: Agricultural Research Service’s Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory An online tool called the “Cover Crop Chart” is helping U.S. farmers decide which cover crops to plant and is generating interest from growers in other countries. Cover crops can help reduce soil erosion, increase organic matter, improve early weed control, and provide forage for animals. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/05/usda-develops-cover-crop-chart/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/15/soil-health-and-cover-crop-group-to-meet-april-1/

Under Cover: The Revealing Story behind Cover Crops

Small grains (left) and brassica (right) as food plots or can be used as cover crops. Exclusion cage provides evidence of deer feeding outside of cage. The use of cover crops is gaining popularity with conventional, sustainable, and organic growers. The number of research publications on this topic has sky-rocketed. There is a real opportunity …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/12/07/under-cover-the-revealing-story-behind-cover-crops/

Cover Crops

Wheat cover crop used on a farm in Baker, Florida. Photo credit: Jennifer Bearden. Cover crops have been used by agricultural producers for thousands of years.  However, we have seen a decline in cover crop use over the past century, as the use of commercial fertilizers have increased.  Even though they are readily available and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/26/cover-crops/

“Sodbuster” Radish- an Alternative for Winter Cover Crops

This field of “Sodbuster” radish is a new alternative winter cover crop. On the corner of US 29 and FL 97 in northern Escambia County, people have been wondering what crop Eric Koehn (local producer), planted in the fields late last Fall after he harvested.  The answer is a mixture of “Sodbuster” radish and oats. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/22/sodbuster-radish-an-alternative-for-winter-cover-crops/

New UF/IFAS Publication: High-Residue Cover Crops

Cereal rye cover crop rolling/crimping in late March 2011 at Brock Farm in Monticello, Florida. Custom roller/crimper design and fabrication by Kirk Brock. While decision making in agriculture involves many aspects beyond climate, including economics, social factors, and policy considerations, climate-related risks are a primary source of yield and income variability. A new UF/IFAS 4-page …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/06/new-ufifas-publication-high-residue-cover-crops/