Using plots varying in size and impact sprinkler heads varying in water pressure, this project seeks to produce fruit yields similar to standard grower practice while also reducing water-use during frost protection.
|Maria measures the plot layout|
|Pristine plastic beds with plot sections taped-off|
|The first fruit appears|
The colder the better
Much like many growers across Florida, we live on frost weather reports during the cold season.
Unlike them, however, we relish a deep, lengthy freeze period as these conditions will generate the best data on protection effectiveness.
|Maria and Eliza gather flow rate data|
|Eliza measures impact head rotation rates|
Last year graduate student Maria Zamora earned her Masters degree for this research. Her thesis was also recently named best of 2013 for UF's Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department.
|Ms. Zamora on master's thesis defense day|
However, while she administers to some personal business in Central America, young technician Eliza Breder has been cast into the spotlight and is managing this season’s effort.
|Eliza: ready for the Bering Sea|
|Rain or shine: temperature data is downloaded|
See a short video about this project here.