Start-up activities have been running about 5 months late due to delays
in receiving funding and obtaining authority to hire into the USDA Coopera-
tive position. Because of this, determination of the Field Team area could
not be completed as planned (see attached programming schedule). As a conse-
quence, fewer than expected concrete accomplishments will be available upon
which to base funding decisions for 1981/82.
As we were unable to go into the field in north Florida, French began a
series of projects with perennial peanut on the Agronomy Farm on Campus. This
activity began ahead of the programmed initiation date and is well underway,
but is taking his time from the Sondeo activity.
The Farming Systems Methodology Class has been contributing to the ef-
fort through a Sondeo exercise to study the potential for blueberry produc-
tion in Union County in cooperation with Logan Fink, Union County Extension
Following is a list of people who are working in some capacity on the
North Florida project:
Geography (Grad Stu)
Socio. of Education
FRE (Grad Stu)
Date of Proportion
initiation of time
July 1, 80 Part
July 1, 80 Full
Mar 27, 81 Full
Mar 27, 81 Full
Mar 30, 81 Half
Mar 30, 81 Part
Apr 13, 81 Part
Apr 20, 81 Part
May 11, 81 Half
PROGRESS REPORT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE
NORTH FLORIDA FSR/E PROJECT
May 19, 1981
In addition, Betsy Bridges, a graduate student in FRE began work with us but
almost immediately became ill and has had to drop classes and work temporarily.
We anticipate her return to good health and the team shortly. Also, a field
technician worked with French full time for a few weeks, but he has left for
Pre-Sondeo in North Florida
The pre-sondeo activities began on March 27 with a meeting in Live Oak
with Extension Personnel of several counties and Howard Smith, District
Director. At this meeting we presented the FSR/E philosophy and what we
hoped to accomplish in the project., The following week we began visiting
selected counties on a schedule of one per week.
The usual procedure was to meet with County Extension personnel for
about two hours discussing the county and small farmers in general, then
accompanied by someone from the county office visit one or two farms in the
area to familiarize local staff with our procedures. Some of us spent an
additional one and a half to two days in each county periodically reporting
back to the county staff and discussing our findings and interpretations
with them. Each Monday all of us meet for two hours to discuss the county,
the area, and plan the week's work.
In addition to the above county sources, we have been working with the
Suwannee River Water Management District, the North Florida Regional Plan-
ning Office, the North Florida Association of Small Farm Cooperatives and
have utilized records in the Alachua County Tax Appraiser's Office.
Results will be discussed with the Administrative Coordinating Committee
on May 19.
The schedule of county surveys follows:
County Week of visit
Madison March 30
Union April 6
Columbia April 13
Jefferson April 20
Suwannee April 17
Hamilton May 4
Wheat, oats, rye and lupine planted in November, 1980, are ready for
harvest. These crops appeared to perform well in association with perennial
peanut which is noncompetitive during the winter months. Perennial peanut
hay yield and quality will be measured to determine any effect of the winter
associated crops. Improvement in planting method and determination of fer-
tilizer requirement will be studied in more detail during the upcoming fall
The first year no-till corn planted in an established field of perennial
peanut has already yielded valuable information. Corn harvest is scheduled
for July. This cooperative effort has involved the following persons:
Name Department Contribution
Dr. Gordon Prine Agronomy Perennial peanut stand, material,
labor and equipment.
Dr. Bill Blue Soil Science Lab facility and equipment.
Dr. Luke Hammond Soil Science Neutron probe data.
Dr. Bill Robertson Soil Science Penetrometer equipment and
root distribution analysis.
Dr. Robert Mansell Soil Science Soil solution tubes.
Dr. Don Graetz Soil Science Soil solution technique and
Agronomy Department Tractor. fuel, driver, irriga-
tion equipment and other support.
Juan Herbas Agronomy Prospective graduate student in
Funk's Seed Company Hybrid G4507 Corn
The results obtained to date have pointed to the need for an even greater
cooperative effort including ag. engineering, animal science, entomology
and dairy science.
A new experimental trial has been initiated with corn and perennial
peanut to confirm specific hypotheses based on preliminary data.
Plots at Live Oak were established, but seeding was delayed for lack of
Modular Cropping System
The small tractor (Ford 1500) has been delivered and is in Live Oak. A
trailer has been ordered to facilitate moving it from place to place. Work
is now in progress on equipping the tractor with a simple, low-cost, minimum
tillage tool system for seeding into perennial peanut (or other sod or resi-
due) and for other standard one-row operations.
By the time we were finally able to make contact with the Live Oak Center,
herbicide had been applied to all available land, so we were unable to initiate
any modular cropping trials for the spring crop. It is anticipated that we
will be able to begin in the summer or fall and we will have our own tractor
ready to go at that time.
FSR/E Methods Class
The 25 students registered in the class participated in a Sondeo in Union
County to assess the potential for and barriers to blueberry production, a
product which the Extension Director feels has great promise. The class was
divided into five teams of five members each, each team being assigned a sepa-
rate area. Oral reports will be made and written reports will be presented to
the Extension Director, on May 29.
FSR/E FIELD TEAM PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
July Sept. Oct. Dec. Jan. March
April June July Sept.
Oct. Dec. Jan. March
July Sept. Oct.- uec.
rre nchjJ Soft State .
Budgeting 1 o t tI
Field Team .
Hiring 2nd -
Field TeamCr&" CodperTfRvegeM 6M-
3rd Field --- USDA
of Field Team *
I Area |Sondeo, PreparationI
Decision to initie of Trial rials
Florida Field Work -i ~" Trials
Preparation of budget for Field '- Tenure Track
Team for 1981/83 of 3 State In s Soft State -
(2 tenure track, 1 soft)
hiring 2 new Field Team Members
SCooperative Agreement. 1 Soft State
Percentages of Position Funding Sources (%)
Soft State Funds
Tenure Track Lines
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