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Vegetable Resources

Vegetable production and marketing in Manatee County is a 290 million dollar industry encompassing approximately 30,000 acres and including a variety of crops. The largest acreages are devoted to tomatoes, snap beans, watermelons, cucumbers, and potatoes. Other crops include pepper, cantaloupe, squash, oriental vegetables and other minor and specialty crops.

The Manatee County Extension Service, with access to the many resources of the University of Florida, provides assistance to the vegetable industry in many different subject areas.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND SERVICE TO MANATEE COUNTY:

  • General vegetable production
  • Vegetable fertilization
  • Vegetable irrigation management
  • Pest management
  • Pesticide licensing information

Contact:

Lisa Hickey
Vegetable Agent
Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 1817

Current Vegetable Blogs

Tips for Planting Potatoes in North Florida

If you live in North-Central Florida, then late January through mid February is the time to plant your potatoes.  Here are some tips to help you be successful whether you are planting in the ground, in containers, or trying a hydroponic approach...
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2019 Average Farm Rent & Labor Rates

Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It...
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2019 Weather Summary and 2020 Outlook

- Rainfall 2019 was not a good weather year for farming in the Panhandle.  It was the hottest year on record along the impact zone of Hurricane Michael.  It was also abnormally dry over the second half of the...
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RESOURCES

- Small Farm Program

- DDIS

- EDIS

- FL Ag Statistics Service

- FL Fruit & Veg Assoc

- UF/IFAS News

- FL Strawberry Grower Assoc

- Florida Tomato Committee