If you have ever wondered how the science behind agricultural recommendations is generated then you should make plans to attend the Open House and Field Day at the UF IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center on November 7th in Belle Glade. Consider this your invitation to join research and extension faculty from the University of Florida for updates on scientific research programs and how they benefit local agriculture. This is a free event with the day's theme being "Growing with Nature." Please register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-tickets-60942906875
A light complimentary breakfast will be available at 8AM while you have the opportunity review scientific posters, meet the authors and socialize before the program begins at 9AM. The morning session will include outdoor presentations followed by a complimentary lunch and fun, educational activities including edible insects, agricultural trivia, barn owl nesting boxes, and much more!
Researchers will give updates on sugarcane production, insect management in vegetables and field crops, promising plant pathology, genetic improvements in lettuce, corn, and sugarcane, as well as Best Management Practices (BMPs) and updates in soil & water science research.
There will also be an optional afternoon tour of the EREC's laboratories and research trial field plots involving Hemp Production, Sweet Corn Insect Management, Northern Blight Management in Sweet Corn, Weed Control in Leafy Vegetables, Using Data from an Automated Weather Station, as well as the New Sugar and Sweet Corn Labs, Everglades Soil Testing Lab, and Water Quality Testing Lab.
Please wear sensible clothes and shoes for the optional farm tour and register to attend by the deadline of November 1st.