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Travis C. Teuton, John C. Sorochan, Christopher L. Main, and Thomas C. Mueller

.L. 2000 Kentucky bluegrass response to mowing practices and nitrogen fertility management J. Sustain. Agr. 15 25 33 Jagschitz, J.A. Skogley, C.R. 1965 Turfgrass response to Dacthal and nitrogen Agron. J. 57 35 38 Juska, F.V. Hanson, A.A. 1961 The nitrogen

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Jacob H. Shreckhise, James S. Owen Jr., Matthew J. Eick, Alexander X. Niemiera, James E. Altland, and Brian E. Jackson

, 1984 ; Paradelo et al., 2017 ; Yeager and Wright, 1982 ). The best management practice ( Bilderback et al., 2013a ) of using polymer- or resin-coated controlled-release fertilizers (CRFs) is, in part, used to reduce P leaching and runoff relative to

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Luther C. Carson, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Kelly T. Morgan, and Steven A. Sargent

environment. Literature Cited Bartnick, B. Hochmuth, G. Hornsby, J. Simonne, E. 2005 Water quality/quantity best management practices for Florida vegetable and agronomic crops. Florida Dept. Agr. Consumer Serv., Tallahassee, FL BeÌnard, C. Gautier, H. Bourgaud

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Sarah A. Masterson, Megan M. Kennelly, Rhonda R. Janke, and Cary L. Rivard

the formation of the graft union. Leaf removal is recommended as a best management practice for the cleft and splice method ( Bumgarner and Kleinhenz, 2014 ). Reducing water stress on the scion tissue by removing leaf area may reduce or eliminate

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Glenn D. Israel, Janice O. Easton, and Gary W. Knox

The Florida Cooperative Extension Service (FCES) teaches residents the importance of proper landscaping practices. FCES offers several educational programs that teach residents how to integrate energy and water conservation, pest management, and waste recycling practices into their home landscapes. In 1997, extension staff and volunteers planned and conducted environmental landscape management (ELM) programs resulting in >800,000 customer contacts. A survey was conducted to measure the adoption of recommended best management practices by program participants and nonparticipants. Results show that, of 39 practices examined, Master Gardener trainees increased the number of practices used by an average of 7.3, while educational seminar and publications-only participants increased by an average of 4.5 and 2.8 practices, respectively. Nonparticipants showed essentially no change. When practices are examined one at a time, the Master Gardeners made statistically significant increases in 28 of the 39 recommended practices. Educational seminar and publications-only participants made similar gains in 31 and 6 practices, respectively, and the nonparticipant comparison group made significant increases in 2 practices and decreases in 8. The results suggest that the publications-only strategy for delivering information to homeowners is less effective than strategies combining educational seminars or intensive training with relevant publications.

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Luther C. Carson, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Kelly T. Morgan, and Jerry B. Sartain

should maintain a steady water table to reduce N leaching during the crop season. In response to the Federal Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Florida Restoration Act of 1999, a series of agronomic and vegetable best management practices (BMPs) have been

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Daniel Schellenberg, Ronald Morse, and Gregory Welbaum

Weed suppression and nitrogen (N) management present the greatest challenges to organic growers. Cover crops, the strategic use of tillage, and multiple nitrogen sources are being investigated in order to develop integrated management practices. Combinations of legume and grass cover crops are being utilized as alternative N sources and as tools for weed suppression. Another objective is to compare conventional and no-till practices to determine when the strategic use of tillage is most beneficial for N management and weed control. The last objective is to evaluate the fate of applied N and N released from cover decomposition on crop development. The best combinations of cover crop species, the frequency and intensity of tillage, and optimum N rates will be determined for the production of organic broccoli. This project will aid growers interested in transitioning to organic farming. In addition, integrated management practices that balance the short-term needs for crop productivity and the long-term interests of sustainable production will be reported.

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Monica Ozores-Hampton, Francesco Di Gioia, Shinjiro Sato, Eric Simonne, and Kelly Morgan

Services (FDACS) 2005 Water quality/quantity best management practice manual for Florida vegetable and agronomic crops. 6 June 2015. < > Fraisse, C.W. Hu, Z. Simonne

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Angela K. Tedesco, Gail R. Nonnecke, John J. Obrycki, Nick E. Christians, and Mark L. Gleason

187 POSTER SESSION 27 (Abstr. 910-919) Berries: Culture and Management

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Michael A. Schnelle, Sharon L. von Broembsen, and Michael D. Smolen

A comprehensive educational program focusing on water quality protection was developed for the Oklahoma nursery industry. The program focused on best management practices to limit pesticides and nutrients in irrigation runoff and on capture and recycle technology as a pollution prevention strategy. Key professionals from the departments of entomology and plant pathology, biosystems and agricultural engineering, and horticulture formed a multidisciplinary team within the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES). During 1998, water quality workshops were conducted on-site throughout Oklahoma at leading nursery operations. These workshops were designed to highlight best management practices (BMPs) that were already in place as a foundation on which to implement additional BMPs with the assistance of the OCES team. Training workshops were augmented by written publications, by web-based information, and by videotape instruction. These provided for ongoing education beyond the formal grant period. The written materials included a water quality handbook for nurseries and a fact sheet on capturing and recycling irrigation runoff. The water quality handbook was also made available on the web and a website on disease management for nurseries using recycling irrigation was provided. The water quality video, highlighting successful growers, was designed to show aspects of both best management practices and capture and recycle technology. Results of these 3-year extension efforts will be discussed.