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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

Crystal Snodgrass
Vegetable Agent
Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 1822

Current Vegetable Blogs

Understanding Integrated Crop Pollination

As the world's dependence on pollinators increases, researchers from around the country work to develop practical strategies to ensure that our nation's crops are adequately pollinated. In a collaboration between nearly a dozen universities and institutions, including the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, research on the newly-coined concept of "Integrated Crop Pollination" (ICP) spanned the last five years, at least

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Weed of the Week-Crabgrass

Crabgrass Control There are five crabgrass species found in Florida; India, blanket, southern, tropical, and smooth.  The blanket and India species are perennials, while southern, tropical, and smooth crabgrasses are annuals.  Due to the variations in life cycles, post and pre emergent control methods are available Herbicide choice depends on the type of grass or grasses currently present in the area to be treated.  Always check labels for

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Star Performer Award for Pasco Extension Employee

Congratulations to Eden Santiago-Gomez, UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Community Gardens Program Assistant! Eden was selected by the Public Services Branch for a Star Performer Award from the Pasco BOCC. Excellent work, Eden! Pictured from left to right: Cathy Pearson, Assistant County Administrator; Eden Santiago-Gomez, Program Assistant; Dan Biles, County Administrator; Whitney Elmore, Pasco Extension Director.

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