Project Activities

Research Assessments

Farmers and agricultural service providers evaluate the research design, treatments, and data collection and identify benefits and limitations of our research.

  • the participants are told what treatments are being tested but they do not know which treatment is in each plot

  • participants observe the field research plots and record their observations about plant vigor, weed suppression, pest damage, disease damage, etc.

  • participants then engage in a facilitated discussion as a group and identify the most desirable and least desirable treatments observed

  • participants then make recommendations for future experiments after the plot/treatment key is revealed

We hosted two on-station research assessments at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL in 2019:

Field Days

We will host a field day at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL in 2020.

Advisory Panel

A panel of stakeholders make recommendations for research design, data collection, project outreach, on-farm trials, mobilizing growers, and future experiments.

We held the first advisory panel meeting at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL in 2019

We are hosting the second advisory panel meeting at the University of Georgia in Tifton, GA in 2020

Presentations

Tian, S., Zhao, X., and Black, Z. (2019) Effects of Leguminous Cover Crop, Compost, and Organic Fertilizer on High Tunnel Organic Production of Pac Choi and Spinach. Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences. Las Vegas, NV. 2019 ASHS Organic High Tunnel Presentation

Donovan, M., Swisher, M. E., Sattanno, K., and Zhao, X. (2020) Nutrient Management in High Tunnels: Grower Perspectives on Experimental Design. Poster presented at the meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Gainesville, FL. 2020 BANR Organic High Tunnel Poster

Donovan, M., Swisher, M. E., Sattanno, K., and Zhao, X. (2020) Nutrient Management Regime Assessment of Organic Tomatoes Raised in a High Tunnel. Poster Presentation at the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Annual Conference. Little Rock, AR. 2020 SSAWG Organic High Tunnel Poster

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