Lakesh's lab is a leading research platform dedicated to implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to optimize nutrient recommendations for various crops, including Potato, Corn, Hemp, and Snap bean, utilizing advanced precision agricultural tools and techniques. Our research team is committed to updating and improving current nutrient recommendations and developing new ones to promote sustainable agricultural practices. The lab recognizes the unique challenges associated with agriculture in Florida, where sandy textured soils have a lower surface area to hold essential nutrients. This leads to the depletion of macronutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, and sulfur, thereby rendering them inaccessible for plant uptake. However, excessive amounts of phosphorus in Florida soils create nutrient imbalances and reduce fertilizer use efficiency. To counter these challenges, we aim to optimize fertilizer rates and application methods in different crops to enhance production without depleting soil health.
Lakesh's research lab uses cutting-edge precision agricultural tools and techniques to implement practical and effective BMPs for farmers. We strive for improved soil health and optimal crop yields while minimizing negative environmental impacts.