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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

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Contact:

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

Current Vegetable Blogs

Elderberry

American Elderberry is an interesting-looking Florida native plant that’s putting on a show now along  roadsideswith its blooms and berries. In recent years, Elderberry products have become some of the most in-demand health supplements on...
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Florida Beekeeping Management Calendar: May 2021

Recommendations for your apiary in May: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. For...
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From yellowed broccoli to mushy avocados: How UF scientists are using AI to cut food waste, loss

Spoiled produce is a problem for both consumers and the food transportation industry and has environmental impacts as well. About 40% of all food produced is wasted, and a significant portion of that waste happens between the farm and the...
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RESOURCES

- Small Farm Program

- DDIS

- EDIS

- FL Ag Statistics Service

- Local Fact Sheets

- FL Fruit & Veg Assoc

- FL Strawberry Grower Assoc

- Florida Tomato Committee