Dr. Michael J. Mulvaney
Assistant Professor, Cropping Systems Specialist
My appointment is 60% research and 40% extension. The main crops of interest in my program include peanut, cotton, corn, soybean, wheat, and carinata. Approximately 80% of agricultural crop production in the western panhandle of Florida is cotton and peanut. Of the total acres harvested in the Florida panhandle in 2012, 43% was cotton, 41% was peanut, 6% was wheat, 5% was corn, and 5% was soybean. Although yield of the main crops, cotton and peanut, are near historical highs in the state, prices for these commodities remain low and input costs typically increase. Fertilizer inputs are one of the highest operational expenses for growers, and also a major source of nutrient loading to Florida waterbodies due to high infiltration rates of the sandy soils found throughout the panhandle of Florida and the Southeast. One strategy to simultaneously reduce farm expenses and improve environmental quality is to improve nutrient use efficiencies of cropping systems.
I have extensive international experience, having worked and traveled in over 50 countries on six continents, most recently as Cropping Systems Agronomist with CIMMYT in Mexico, and before that as the Assistant Program Director for the USAID SANREM CRSP at Virginia Tech.