Agricultural Soils of Florida
A gloved hand placing soil in containers. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.
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Nutrient Management
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Mylavarapu, Rao, Willie Harris, and George Hochmuth. 2016. “Agricultural Soils of Florida: SL441/SS655, 10/2016”. EDIS 2016 (9). Gainesville, FL:7.


This 7-page fact sheet describes the various soil Orders in Florida, how they were developed, their characteristics, coverage in the state, and uses. This information is important for educating land owners, decision-makers, and educators about soils in Florida, leading to better soil management for agricultural and environmental sustainability. Written by Rao Mylavarapu, Willie Harris, and George Hochmuth, and published by the Soil and Water Sciences Department, October 2016.

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