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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

Detection of a bean pod borer moth, Maruca vitrata, in Florida

Bean pod borer moth, Maruca vitrata, is a significant pest of legume plants (Fabaceae). The caterpillars feed on a wide range of plants in the legume family.  They are currently found in Mexico and other pantropical regions. In...
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Detection of a peach fruit fly, Bactrocera zonata, in Florida

The peach fruit fly, Bactrocera zonata, is a major agricultural pest that attacks a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. In May 2018, two male flies were caught in Lake Worth, FL. This pest threatens fruit crops such as citrus,...
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Making Potato Salad for Cattle

UF/IFAS partnered with local rancher Chance Clay to conduct a potato silage trial for beef cattle.  Livestock Agent with St. John’s County (Tim Wilson), UF Animal Science Beef Specialist (Matt Hersom) and Agriculture Agent with Putnam/Flagler...
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