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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

The Lowdown on Loquats

Loquats are evergreen fruit-bearing trees that are well adapted to the North Central Florida region. They are native to China and Japan where they have been grown for many centuries. While they have a similar name to Kumquat, which is a citrus,...
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Kids to Learn About Citrus in Labs During Youth Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Children, you’re invited to an up-close-and-personal, hands-on experience with the world of citrus. You might even get your hands dirty while touring plant labs at this year’s third annual Citrus Youth Day on June...
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Grad Student Research Spotlight

“Phosphorus Release from Biochar of Various Feedstocks: Implications for Land Management” Andressa Freitas (Soil & Water Sciences PhD 2019) Topics Phosphorus: Excessive fertilizer use can lead to nutrient loss from the soil resulting in...
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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