SL290/SS503 Persistence of Plant-Available Phosphorus in Muck Soils after Fertilizer Application

SL-290, a 5-page fact sheet by Alan L. Wright, Edward A. Hanlon, J. Mabry McCray, and David D. Sui, provides growers in the Everglades Agricultural Area with information about the organic soils in southern Florida and their management to improve crop production while also reducing adverse environmental effects, especially during times of land use change. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, May 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS503

SL284/SS497 Blossom-End Rot in Bell Pepper: Causes and Prevention

SL-284, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by George J. Hochmuth and Robert C. Hochmuth, describes one of the most commonly observed disorders of pepper, blossom-end rot (BER) — its symptoms, calcium physiology, calcium deficiency, factors predisposing fruits to BER, and prevention. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, April 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS497

SL285/SS498 Measuring Organic Matter in Everglades Wetlands and the Everglades Agricultural Area

SL-285, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by Alan L. Wright and Edward A. Hanlon, recommends for growers, managers and researchers the new and simple Loss-On-Ignition (LOI) test for determining the organic matter content of soils. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Sciences, April 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS498

SL237/SS456 Development of Bahiagrass Fertilization Recommendations: 1990-2008

Revised! SL-237, a 15-page fact sheet by E.A. Hanlon, Rao Mylavarapu, C.L. Mackowiak, and M.L. Silveira, records changes in UF/IFAS’ bahiagrass fertilization and liming recommendations from 1990 through 2008, and summarizes efforts of the various work groups and committees. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, August 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS456

SL-3/SS170 The Florida Fertilizer Label

Revised! SL-3, a 5-page fact sheet by J.B. Sartain, is included in the Florida Lawn Handbook and the Florida Master Gardener Handbook. It describes the information required by law to be shown on the fertilizer label in Florida. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, October 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS170

SL283/SS496 Unintended Consequences Associated with Certain Urban Fertilizer Ordinances

SL-283, an 11-page illustrated fact sheet by George Hochmuth, Terril Nell, Jerry Sartain, Bryan Unruh, Michael Dukes, Chris Martinez, Laurie Trenholm, and John Cisar, discusses the research behind turfgrass growth, biology, and ecology, and soil nutrient cycling in the lawn. The unintended consequences of fertilizer ordinance restricted periods are presented to open dialogue among the stakeholders in the ordinance issue and to ensure that all information is presented to completely inform the policy-making process. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Sciences, March 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS496

SL281/SS494 Soil Sampling and testing for the Home Landscape or Vegetable Garden

SL-281, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Amy L. Shober, and Rao S. Mylavarapu, provides information for homeowners about taking a soil sample and submit it for testing and how to understand the soil test report. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, March 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS494

SL280/SS493 Drinking Water Source Protection in the Tampa Bay Region: A Guide for Homeowners

SL-280, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by Amy L. Shober, familiarizes homeowners in the Tampa Bay region with the local sources of drinking water, potential pollution sources, and actions that can protect the quality of the local drinking water supply. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, February 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS493

SL238/SS457 Nitrogen Fertilizer Sources: What does the future hold for citrus producers?

Revised! SL-238, a 4-page fact sheet by Thomas Obreza, Larry Parsons, and Kelly Morgan, discusses the factors influencing the price of nitrogen fertilizer sources and economic considerations for future nitrogen fertilizer availability. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Sciences, February 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS457

SL-181/SS317 Soil and Tissue Testing and Interpretation for Florida Turfgrasses

Revisd! SL-181, an 8-page fact sheet by J.B. Sartain, provides essential basic facts about the nutritional requirements of turfgrasses, the properties of fertilizer and liming materials, and how to use them to maintain sufficient nutrient levels through soil and tissue analysis. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, October 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS317

SL277/MG457 Soils and Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Glossary of Soil and Fertilizer Terms

SL277, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Shawna Loper and Amy L. Shober, contains the definitions of important soil and fertilizer terms used throughout the Soils and Fertilizers for Master Gardeners EDIS series. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, December 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG457

SL276/MG456 Soils & Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Urban Soils and their Management Issues

SL-276, a 3-page fact sheet by Amy L. Shober and Gurpal S. Toor, is part of the Florida Master Gardener Handbook. It describes the characteristics of urban soils and the associated management issues, specifically for soils in residential landscapes. Includes references. Published by the UF Soil and Water Science Department, December 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG456

SL279/SS492 Diagnostic Nutrient Testing for Commercial Citrus in Florida

SL-279, a 6-page fact sheet by Rao Mylavarapu, Kelley Hines and Thomas Obreza, presents the details of several types of diagnostic tests for nutrient status and management in commercial citrus groves in Florida, as well as sample submission procedures. Includes references and a copy of the sample submission form (in the pdf version). Published by the UF Soil and Water Science Department, December 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS492

SL275/SS490 Impact of Phosphorus on Water Quality

SL-275, a 4-page fact sheet by Rao Mylavarapu, highlights the role of phosphorus, interactions with the environment, and its potential impact on water quality. It is intended to serve audiences such as high school students, farmers, and the general public seeking information on the causes and mechanisms of potential phosphorus effects on water quality. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Sciences, December 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS490

SL273/MG454 Soils & Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Soil Organic

Figure 1.  Typical Components of Soil.
SL-273, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by Gurpal S. Toor and Amy L. Shober, educates homeowners about the importance of soil organic matter and provides suggestions about how to build the organic matter in garden and landscape soils. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, November 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG454

SL274/MG455 Soils & Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Soil Formation in Florida

Figure 3.  The Candler soil is a weakly-developed entisol found in central Florida. Note the lack of distinct soil horizons.
SL274, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Amy L. Shober and Thomas Obreza, provides information about types of soils found in Florida and the factors that influenced their formation. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, November 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG455

SL272/MG453 Soils & Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Soil Drainage and Water Holding Capacity

Figure 1. Subsidence of organic soils can occur due to the rapid breakdown of organic matter following artificial drainage.
SL-272, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by Amy L. Shober, helps homeowners understand the natural water status of local soils, allowing them to make decisions about plant selection and irrigation needs. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, November 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG453

SL270/SS489 Florida’s Total Maximum Daily Load Program After Seven Years of Implementation

SL270, a 3-page fact sheet by Mark W. Clark, and William F. DeBusk, describes what a TMDL is, implementation of the program in Florida, contaminants triggering the process, and possible reclassification of state water body “designated uses.” Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, October 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SS489