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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

BMP Research

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Florida Statutes
Sections:  403.067576.045

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) develops, adopts and assists with the implementation of agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect and conserve Florida's water resources. Each fiscal year, FDACS considers proposals for BMP research funding. 

Proposals are reviewed with the help of a broad-based committee made up of technical experts and stakeholder representatives.

Funding Priorities

Research priorities include:

  • Collecting data that lead to new or enhanced agricultural BMPs and
  • Quantifying the positive effects of BMPs on water quality and water conservation.

Research Projects by Topic

Contract Number

Title

Topic

Year

3267

Foliar Feeding of Urea-N as a Substitute for Group Applied N in Citrus Production [ Adobe PDF Document 118.27 KB ]

Citrus

 

9144
10280
11272
11948

Nitrogen Budgets of Citrus Trees Fertilized with Controlled Release Fertilizer [ Adobe PDF Document 73.19 KB ]

Citrus

2007-2008

19577

Citrus Nursery Irrigation System BMP [ Adobe PDF Document 1.88 MB ]

Citrus

2012-2013

10680

Effects of Fertilizer Rate on N and P Leaching for Seep and Drip Irrigated Pepper

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2008-2009

8445

Comparison of Screw Gate vs. Riser Board Water Control Structures in the indian River Citrus Groves

Citrus

2003-2004

7608

Optimization of BMPs for Beef Cattle Ranching in the Lake Okeechobee Basin [ Adobe PDF Document 1.50 MB ]

Animal Operations

2004-2005

9414

Pasture Water Management for Reduced P Loading in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed [ Adobe PDF Document 1.38 MB ]

Animal Operations

2005-2006

13973

Reduce Nonpoint Source Loss of Nitrate in the Santa Fe Basin [ Adobe PDF Document 3.44 MB ]

Nursery/Landscape

2008-2009

10403
12020
13824
14818

Evaluation and Demostration of Evapotranspiration-based Irrigation Controllers [ Adobe PDF Document 1.12 MB ]

Nursery/Landscape

2010-2011

6810
7499
9367

Economic Feasibility of New Technologies Used to Assist Florida Dairies in Efforts to Reduce Constraints Caused by P Budgets [ Adobe PDF Document 527.38 KB ]

Animal Operations

2005-2006

8230
9527
10702
12069
13682

Protocol for Water Needs of Shrubs During Establishment [ Adobe PDF Document 800.12 KB ]

Nursery/Landscape

2008-2009

13921

Peer Review of Watershed Assessment Model WAM [ Adobe PDF Document 1.53 MB ]

Water Storage/Treatment

2008-2009

11810

BMP Blueberries [ Adobe PDF Document 181.33 KB ]

Specialty Fruit & Nut

2007-2008

8423
9394
10524

Verification, Modification and Demonstration of BMPs in the Suwannee River Basin [ Adobe PDF Document 567.90 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2007-2008

8656
9576
10914

Field Testing Livestock Waste Testing Lab Manure Recommendations [ Adobe PDF Document 1.08 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2006-2007

9528

On-Farm Nutrient and Water Management in Conjunction with EPA 319 Project

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2005-2006

15765
16930

Suwannee Farms Nitrogen and Phosphorus Budgets and Analyses of Existing Data in the Middle Suwannee River Basin [ Adobe PDF Document 1.24 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2015-2016

5533

Utilization of Legumes in Crop Rotation Programs to Reduce Nitrate Leaching from Potato Production into the Upper St. Johns River Watershed [ Adobe PDF Document 78.51 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2001-2002

10808

Pasture Water Management, Lake Okeechobee Watershed: BMP Program [ Adobe PDF Document 1.37 MB ]

Animal Operations

2006-2007

9333
10401
11576

DSSAT/WAM BMP Modeling Project [ Adobe PDF Document 341.93 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2007-2008

6639

Development of a Reflectance Spectroscopic P-Sensor for Terrestrial and Aquatic  [ Adobe PDF Document 2.03 MB ] Ecosystems in the Lake Okeechobee Drainage Basin [ Adobe PDF Document 2.03 MB ]

Misc

2007-2008

9685

N Mitigation in the SRB: Utilizing Perennial Forage Species [ Adobe PDF Document 90.10 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2005-2006

9828
11263

Unique Paspalum and Winter Annual Forage Germplasm for Use in Nitrate Mitigation in the Suwannee River Basin [ Adobe PDF Document 231.48 KB ]

Dairy; Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2008-2009

13717

Develop a Calibrated P-Fertilizer Recommendation for EAA Sugarcane for Organic Soils [ Adobe PDF Document 283.20 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2008-2009

10490
11257
13960

Sandland Sugarcane Control Release Nitrogen Study [ Adobe PDF Document 72.26 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2008-2009

9957
13606
14492
15203
16634
18000

C-139 Basin Vegetable Production Demonstration Project [ Adobe PDF Document 997.36 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2012-2013

13161
14002
14855
16123

Sensor Based Irrigation Scheduling for Water and Nutrient Management [ Adobe PDF Document 863.97 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2010-2011

16135
17259

Development and Field Support for Soil-Water Nutrient Sensors in Agricultural Systems [ Adobe PDF Document 628.27 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2011-2012

19693

Testing for Irrigation Scheduling, Nutrient Management and/or Crop Production Tools [ Adobe PDF Document 569.86 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2012-2013

9557

Implementing Soil Rapid Assessment Techniques for Research and Extension and Practical Application of the Use of Near Infrared Reflectance Spectra for Soil Analysis [ Adobe PDF Document 187.85 KB ]

Misc

2008-2009

10402
11535

Rapid Soil and Tissue Analysis Techniques Using Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy

Misc

2007-2008

11792
13515
13920
14885
16885

Protocol Development to Evaluate the Effect of Water Table Management on Phosphorus Release to Drainage Water [ Adobe PDF Document 2.74 MB ]

Animal Operations

2009-2010

14820

Wetland Soils Nutrient Criteria Development & Evaluation of "Safe" Soil Phosphorus Storage Capacity [ Adobe PDF Document 2.46 MB ]

Animal Operations

2010-2011

5533.1

Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency by Alleviating Micro-Irrigation Emitter Plugging [ Adobe PDF Document 570.42 KB ]

Citrus

2003-2004

9897
11790

Towards Acceptance of a Short-Term Laboratory Test to Measure Nitrogen Release Characteristics of Controlled-Release Fertilizers [ Adobe PDF Document 2.04 MB ]

Misc

2008-2009

6943
9722
11815

Phosphorus Rentention and Storage by Isolated and Constructed Wetlands in the Lake Okeechobee Basin (Phase I) [ Adobe PDF Document 2.19 MB ]

Animal Operations

2008-2009

13112
13975
14886
16887

Phosphorus Rentention and Storage by Isolated and Constructed Wetlands in the Lake Okeechobee Basin (Phase II) [ Adobe PDF Document 4.00 MB ]

Animal Operations

2011-2012

6969

The Optimization of Low-Cost Phosphorus Removal from Agricultural Wastewater Using Co-Treatments with Constructed Wetlands [ Adobe PDF Document 437.44 KB ]

 

2003-2004

9067
9882

Developing a Calibrated P Fertilizer Recommendation for EAA Sugarcane [ Adobe PDF Document 56.46 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2006-2007

7350

Crop Phytoremediation of Phosphorus-Enriched Soils in the Lake Okeechobee Region [ Adobe PDF Document 5.62 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2004-2005

9189
10282
11275

Develop Irrigation System BMPs and Nutrient Management BMPs for Vegetables Crops [ Adobe PDF Document 418.24 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2008-2009

9954
12280

Controlled Release Nitrogen Fertilizers for Tomato and Pepper Grown in South Florida with Seepage Irrigation [ Adobe PDF Document 539.41 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2008-2009

6755
9296

Performance of Current N-BMPs for Maximizing Citrus Profitability and Groundwater Protection on the Florida Ridge [ Adobe PDF Document 455.38 KB ]

Citrus

2012-2013

9297
10292
11949

Variable Rate Fertilization for Enhancement of Ridge Citrus N-BMPs [ Adobe PDF Document 939.48 KB ]

Citrus

2007-2008

9368
10546
12274

Verification Monitoring of the Ridge Citrus BMP [ Adobe PDF Document 180.30 KB ]

Citrus

2008-2009

9568
9952
11831

Controlled release fertilization for Ridge Citrus N BMPs

Citrus

2008-2009

9953
11830

Phosphorus Soil Test Calibration for Florida Citrus Trees [ Adobe PDF Document 61.86 KB ]

Citrus

2007-2008

9190
10413
11258

Bioremediation Best Management Practices to Minimize Nutrient Contamination from Nursery Runoff

Nursery/Landscape

2008-2009

19027

Ranchland Water Retention BMP

Animal Operations

2013-2014

7358
10526
12158

Evaluation of Water and Nutrient BMPs for Vegetable Production With Seepage Irrigation in Southwest Florida [ Adobe PDF Document 180.57 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2007-2008

9680

Survey of Citrus BMPs in Gulf Citrus Production Region [ Adobe PDF Document 419.40 KB ]

Citrus

2005-2006

13990
14914

Evaluation of Cow-Calf BMP with Regards ot Nutrient Discharges in the Lake Okeechobee Basin [ Adobe PDF Document 3.82 MB ]

Animal Operations

2010-2011

8657
9756
11259

Update of UF-IFAS Nitrogen Fertilization and Management Recommendations for Fresh Tomato Production in Florida in the BMP Era [ Adobe PDF Document 434.39 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2007-2008

6755
9508

Verification of BMPs for Nitrogen Fertilization of Hayfields within the Suwannee River Water Management District [ Adobe PDF Document 367.37 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2005-2006

10681
11577

Monitoring the Effectiveness of Phytoremediation Strategies in the Okeechobee Region [ Adobe PDF Document 714.23 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2007-2008

9143
9786
11260

Protecting Water Quality Through the Use of Effective Water and Nutrient Management Practices for Strawberry Production [ Adobe PDF Document 3.77 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2007-2008

8676
9686
11200

Use of Organic Amendment to Reduce Loads of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Surface Runoff from Citrus Groves and Vegetable Fields [ Adobe PDF Document 253.07 KB ]

Citrus
Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2006-2007

6755

Evaluating Variable Rate Application Technologies in Florida Citrus [ Adobe PDF Document 366.72 KB ]

Citrus

2003-2004

N1

Development of BMPs for Reducing Nitrate Nitrogen Concentrations in Ground Water Beneath Commercial Greenhouse Nurseries [ Adobe PDF Document 148.70 KB ]

Nursery/Landscape

2003-2004

20183

Quantitative Evaluation of Water Needs in Citrus Nurseries Using Three Different Irrigation Systems For Seedling Production [ Adobe PDF Document 244.85 KB ]

Citrus

2014-2015

21145

Evaluation of Tree Tee-Pees to Improve Irrigation Distribution for Young Citrus Trees [ Adobe PDF Document 722.41 KB ]

Citrus

2015-2016

20834

Managing Forests for Increased Regional Water Availability [ Adobe PDF Document 7.50 MB ]

Water Storage/Treatment

2017-2018

21061

Expansion of Existing Farm Weather Data Collection & Display Web and Smartphone Application by the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) [ Adobe PDF Document 155.73 KB ]

Misc

2014-2015

21146

Optimizing Nitrogen Rates for Watermelon Production with Fertigation in North Florida [ Adobe PDF Document 95.67 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2016-2017

21147

Watering Station Best Management Practices (BMP) – Effectiveness, Demonstration, and Education [ Adobe PDF Document 2.46 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2014-2015

21148

Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Strategies for Water Savings on Seepage, Subsurface Drip Irrigation, Tile Drainage and Sprinkler [ Adobe PDF Document 316.25 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2014-2015

21384

Next Generation BMPS: Soil Mapping Enhancements via Veris MSP3 [ Adobe PDF Document 2.66 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2015-2016

21444

Watershed Assessment Model (WAM): Calibration and Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analyses [ Adobe PDF Document 5.10 MB ]

Water Storage/Treatment

2016-2017

21816

Evaluation of Compact Bed Geometries for Water, Nutrient, and Economic Efficiency for Drip-Irrigated Tomato and Pepper [ Adobe PDF Document 1.15 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2017-2018

21892

Optimization of Denitrification Bioreactor [ Adobe PDF Document 850.40 KB ]

Water Storage/ Treatment

2017-2018

21893

Forage Hay BMPS: Enhanced Efficiency Nitrogen and Other Options [ Adobe PDF Document 1.16 MB ]

Misc

2017-2018

21894

Evaluation of Water Use, Water Quality and Crop Yield Impacts of Corn and Peanut Irrigation and Nutrient BMPs in the Springsheds of Suwannee River Water Management District [ Adobe PDF Document 4.15 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2017-2018

22590

Watering Station Best Management Practices (BMP) Effectiveness [ Adobe PDF Document 208.54 KB ]

Nursery/Landscape

2015-2016

23490

Verification and Development of Best Management Practices for Conventionally and Organically Grown Carrots in the Sandy Soils of the Suwannee Valley [ Adobe PDF Document 1.75 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2017-2018

23492

Corn Best Management Practices Fertility Trials for North Florida [ Adobe PDF Document 385.88 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2017-2018

20210

Implementation of Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology in the Northern Everglades Watershed [ Adobe PDF Document 16.93 MB ]

Water Storage/Treatment

2014-2015

20211

Implementation of Floating Aquatic Vegetative Tilling Technology in the Caloosahatchee River Watershed [ Adobe PDF Document 10.79 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2014-2015

21120

Implementation of Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology in the Northern Everglades Watershed [ Adobe PDF Document 14.42 MB ]

Water Storage/Treatment

2015-2016

21121

Implementation of Floating Aquatic Vegetative Tilling Technology in the Caloosahatchee River Watershed [ Adobe PDF Document 4.09 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2015-2016

22562

Implementation of Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology in the Northern Everglades Watershed [ Adobe PDF Document 17.99 MB ]

Water Storage/Treatment

2016-2017

22563

Implementation of Floating Aquatic Vegetative Tilling Technology in the Caloosahatchee River Watershed [ Adobe PDF Document 8.51 MB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2016-2017

22022

Calibration of Soil Test Interpretations and Nutrient Recommendations for Major Commodities Grown Across Florida [ Adobe PDF Document 1.04 MB ]

Misc

2015-2016

22952

Evaluation of Factors Influencing Methylmercury Accumulation in South Florida Marshes [ Adobe PDF Document 4.05 MB ]

Misc

2015-2016

NC1

A Meta-Analytical Approach for Determining the Effectiveness of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Reducing Nutrient Pollution in Florida [ Adobe PDF Document 2.10 MB ]

Animal Operations

2015-2016

NC2

Effectiveness of Everglades Agricultural Area Best Management Practices for Total Nitrogen Reduction [ Adobe PDF Document 1.41 MB ]

Water Storage/Treatment

2015-2016

NC3

Water-Wise Watermelons Graphic [ Adobe PDF Document 996.37 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2016-2017

NC4

Documenting Impacts of BMP Adoption by Suwannee Valley Watermelon Growers [ Adobe PDF Document 893.92 KB ]

Vegetable & Agronomic Crops

2016-2017

24017

Verification of a Payment for Water Treatment Services Program for Agricultural Lands in the Northern Everglades [ Adobe PDF Document 1.56 MB ]

Water Storage/Treatment

2017-2018

21816

Evaluation of Compact Bed Geometries for Water, Nutrient, and Economic Efficiency for Drip-Irrigated Tomato and Pepper [ Adobe PDF Document 1.51 MB ]

Vegetable and Agronomic Crops

2017-2018

24018

Calibration of Soil Test Interpretations and Nutrient Recommendations for Major Commodities Grown Across Florida as a Best Management Practice for Sustainable Agriculture [ Adobe PDF Document 1.76 MB ]

Misc

2017-2018