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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Phillip Williams

Vegetable Horticulture

Dr. Phillip Williams began as an Assistant Professor in 2019 and leads a research and extension vegetable horticulture program in the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee.

Dr. Williams group focuses on the development of vegetable production practices to improve productivity, and product quality. His program focuses on the major crops of Southwest Florida which are tomato, bell pepper, and cucurbits, as well as new specialty crops. The research and extension program emphasize soil fertility, cover crops, water management, crop variety testing, and integration of technology with crop production practices.


  • Warm season cover crops and its effect on subsequent vegetable crops.
  • Phosphorous fertility rates in vegetables on high pH soils of SWFL.
  • In bed fertilizer placement for vegetable crops.
  • Using crop sensors to better manage vegetable crops.


The overall goal of this extension program is to support the vegetable industry in Florida by working with county extension agents for educational programs and disseminating relevant research results via reports and electric media (EDIS reports, popular articles, videos, and slides).

Dr. Phillip Williams, Assistant Professor

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)
2685 SR 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 658 - 3410 | Website