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Commercial Horticulture/Ornamental Production

Nurseries in Manatee County grow woody ornamentals, foliage, floral crops and sod with a value of 60 million dollars per year.

Areas of Expertise and Service to Manatee County

  • Commercial Horticulture Production
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Production
  • Plant Disease and Insect Pest ID
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Irrigation and Water Conservation
  • Salinity and pH
  • Pesticide Training & Licensing
  • Federal & State Regulations 
  • Industrial Hemp Questions
  • 4H/FFA FNGLA Plant Project (Manatee County Fair Plant Show & Sale)

Pesticide Training & Exams

Extension Agent II, Commercial Horticulture

Contact:

Wael Elwakil

Commercial Horticulture

Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 1814

1303 17th Street West

Palmetto, FL 34221

Ornamental Horticulture Blogs

Sensor-Based In-Season Nitrogen Recommendations for Commercial Crops

Nitrogen plays several important roles in plant health. It provides structural, genetic, and metabolic compounds, amino acids, and enzymes. It also contributes to...
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Role of Controlled Release Fertilizer in Future BMPs

Bob Hochmuth (RSA – Vegetable Crops) and De Broughton (RSA – Agronomic Row Crops) from the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center discussed the role of controlled release fertilizer in future BMPs during the recent Virtual Ag BMP...
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Report your atala butterflies here…

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a beautiful, somewhat rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host...
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