Project Activities

Field Objectives

  • assess effects of environmental controls on growth, yield and quality
  • identify optimal planting times for crops and impacts on nutrient availability
  • determine influence of integrated nutrient management on nutrient dynamics, use efficiency, and soil health
  • monitor, characterize and manage plant pathogens, arthropod pests and beneficials
  • develop alternatives for managing whiteflies and aphids

Assessments

Our objective is for farmers and agricultural service providers to evaluate the treatments tested and identify potential benefits and limitations of our research. Our overall goal is to improve organic horticultural crop production in Florida.

Research Assessments:
  • we hosted two on-station research assessments at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL in 2019
  • participants completed individual forms where each participant made specific observations in the research plots, such as plant vigor, weed suppression, pest damage, disease damage, and any other positive or negative effects observed without knowing the specific treatments being tested
  • the participants then discussed their observations as a group and identified the strongest and weakest treatments
  • the treatments were finally revealed and participants made recommendations about the research for future experiments

Organic High Tunnel Research Assessment Report 2019 Tomato

Organic High Tunnel Research Assessment Report 2019 Pak choi

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

  • we hosted the first advisory panel meeting at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL in 2019
  • we will host the next advisory panel meeting at the University of Georgia in Tifton, GA in 2020
  • stakeholders make recommendations for research design, project outreach, on-farm trials, and mobilizing growers

Organic High Tunnel Advisory Panel 2019 Meeting Report

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. 2019 ASHS Organic High Tunnel Presentation

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