Impact of Microirrigation on Florida Horticulture

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  • 1 Horticultural Sciences Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0690.
  • | 2 Gu1f Coast Research and Education Center, IFAS, University of Florida, Bradenton, FL 34203-9324.
  • | 3 Citrus Research and Education Center, IFAS, Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2299.

The Florida horticulture industry (vegetables, ornamentals, citrus, and deciduous fruit), valued at $4.5 billion, has widely adopted microirrigation techniques to use water and fertilizer more efficiently. A broad array of microirrigation systems is available, and benefits of microirrigation go beyond water conservation. The potential for more-efficient agricultural chemical (pesticides and fertilizer) application is especially important in today's environmentally conscious society. Microirrigation is a tool providing growers with the power to better manage costly inputs, minimize environmental impact, and still produce high-quality products at a profit.