Progress report of the activities of the North Florida FSR/E project

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Progress report of the activities of the North Florida FSR/E project
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Hildebrand, Peter
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Agricultural extension work -- Florida ( lcsh )
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North Florida ( local )
Union County ( local )
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Peter Hildebrand, Tito French, Jim Dean ... et al.

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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:


Peter Hildebrand
Tito French
Jim Dean
George Clough
Marilyn Swisher
Masuma Downie
Jim Wershow
Tim Olson
Bruce Dehm


Vegetable Crops
Geography (Grad Stu)
Socio. of Education
Animal Science
FRE (Grad Stu)


Agronomy/Veg Crops
Vegetable Crops
Geog/Trop. Agri.
Agri. Law/Farming
Animal Science
Animal Sc/Veg/Econ

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



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

another job.

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

Perennial Peanuts

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

planting season.,

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.

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July Sept. Oct. Dec. Jan. March

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Decision to initie of Trial rials
Florida Field Work -i ~" Trials

Cooperative Agreement

Preparation of budget for Field '- Tenure Track
Team for 1981/83 of 3 State In s Soft State -
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hiring 2 new Field Team Members
SCooperative Agreement. 1 Soft State
Percentages of Position Funding Sources (%)

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