Cowpen Branch Research Center
The Cowpen Branch Demonstration and Research Facility consists of approximately 50 acres of land located off Cowpen Branch Road near Hastings in St. Johns County. This Facility has been operated by IFAS since the late 1950s and has a long track record of excellent potato production. Currently, 36 acres are used for crop production research.
This farm is used for crop production, cultivar, post managment, and water management demonstrations and research. Infrastructure at the site currently includes a covered barn/workshop that houses the potato washing and grading equipment, a pesticide mix/load facility, a pole barn for equipment storage, a small concrete block vegetable field lab, convex type containers for storage, and an office building.
Currently, work at the Cowpen Branch farm is centered on commercial vegetable production and ways to improve water use, water quality, crop yield and crop quality. This allows our producers to be more sustainable from an economic perspective as well as an environmental perspective. Crops at the farm include potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, and a variety of other vegetables.