What Are Cover Crops?

Cover crops are an alternative way to manage soil fertility in agricultural systems; they can be a living mulch or incorporated into the soil as a green manure. Sometimes one crop can cover multiple needs. Florida’s sandy soils tend to have low soil fertility as well as low water and nutrient retention because of their low organic content. Cover crops increase soil fertility by adding organic matter. Farmers can grow cover crops between  More»

Cuban Treefrogs

The invasive Cuban treefrog is a nuisance to Florida homeowners, and the amphibian threatens Florida's native treefrog populations. What Are Cuban Treefrogs? While the Cuban treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, is native to Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas, it is an introduced species in Florida. The frog can be found from the Florida Keys to Gainesville and Jacksonville, with sightings throughout Florida's panhandle and  More»

How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are troublesome pests that can cause itchy bites and transmit viruses. The best way to avoid being bitten is to stay clear of mosquito-infested areas and wear protective clothing and insect repellent. Mosquito Bites Female mosquitoes feed on blood to help their eggs develop. When mosquitoes bite, they release saliva into the bite area. Allergic reactions to the saliva cause the itchy bumps and swollen hives some people get after  More»

Growing Strawberries

Did you know Florida is the the strawberry capital of the world during winter? Florida strawberries can be planted in home gardens beginning in the fall and enjoyed through the winter and spring. Growing Conditions Strawberries need temperatures between 50°F–80°F and less than 14 hours of daylight to flower and produce fruit. In Florida, these conditions occur throughout the fall, winter, and spring. Strawberries in Florida are planted  More»

Sustainable College Living

Colleges and universities across the nation are taking strides to become more sustainable, but they are not alone. Students can also participate to help their schools with sustainability efforts. By taking small steps, you can help your college or university reach its sustainability goals and you can help protect the environment. Walk or bike to campus instead of driving. Carpool or take public transit for longer  More»

All About Head Lice

With the start of another school year, a UF/IFAS expert warns of a head-scratching problem─lice. More...  More»