USDA Service Centers in Florida are holding disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshops in 48 counties for farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Irma during the next few weeks. The event is free and open to the public.  To find meeting dates and locations, go to https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Florida/state-events/index. Representatives from USDA’s Natural Resources […]

USDA Holds Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshops

JONATHAN BROWN Citrus grower Jonathan Brown of Bethel Farms in Arcadia reacts to the Oct. 12 initial U.S. Department of Agriculture citrus crop forecast of 54 million boxes of Florida oranges. He also discusses damage from Hurricane Irma. “I was a little bit impressed that it (the forecast) came out […]

Jonathan Brown of Bethel Farms Discusses Crop Forecast, Irma Damage

Cover Crop
There are three main ways to improve soil: grow cover crops, mulch the surface with biodegradable mulches, and/or dig in organic soil amendments (such as compost, grass clippings, rotted manure or wood chips). All have their advantages and none should be discounted, but cover cropping is the method least likely […]

Cover Crops Heal Poor Soil

Florida drought and low rainfall
Following an epic dry season full of water shortage warnings, burn bans, and brush fires, Florida’s wet season kicked off on the extreme opposite end of the spectrum, dropping nearly double the amount of rain normally seen in June across the majority of South Florida as well as North-Central parts of the Sunshine […]

Florida Struggling to Stay Afloat in Wake of Drought

Florida farm dependent on water table management
Blocking tile flow is not the same as true sub-irrigation. Posted on May 16, 2012 by Natalie Rector, Michigan State University Extension Sub irrigation is a system of using sub surface drainage that has been specifically designed to also be utilized to reverse the flow of water back to the field during dry […]

Water control devices and sub-irrigation: two different ways of draining

Okeechobee, FL – With Lake Okeechobee levels rising, five navigation locks on the north shore will soon return to normal operations. When the lake reaches 12.5 feet, these locks will be open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Okeechobee County: S-193 structure, Taylor Creek. Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek. Martin County: […]

Attention Farmers – Locks to Return to Normal Operations When ...