Departmental Research Areas:.
Research emphases include environmental soil chemistry, nutrient management, and environmental services associated with cultivated and native grasslands. Current research projects are focused on understanding soil C dynamics in grazing land ecosystems and the impacts of management on soil C sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Soil and Water Science Program at the Range Cattle REC is focused primarily on developing science-based information to address critical soil nutrient management and water quality issues affecting the forage and cattle industry in Florida. During the past 5 years, the Soil and Water Science program has placed significant emphasis on developing and promoting nutrient management strategies that minimize fertilizer inputs necessary to sustaining adequate forage/animal production while protecting the environment. More recently, the Soil and Water Science program has emphasized understanding soil carbon dynamics in grazing land ecosystems and the impacts of management on soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions. Beef cattle and forage producers in the southern USA are highly interested in adopting management techniques that enhance soil carbon storage capacity and, consequently, improve soil quality and fertility. Increasing soil carbon stocks is largely in line with farmer’s management goals of achieving high productivity. More >>