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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.

Are you searching for the location where we grow these crops as well as other agricultural commodities like fruits, aquaculture (like oysters and clams), beef, or nursery plants?

Visit our Manatee County GIS map that allows public searching for local, fresh commodities. 

You can search by the food category (fruit, vegetable, seafood, beef, bamboo, and more), or by a location near your home, or by a specific business type (Farmer’s market or produce stand, organic, U-pick, agrotourism, hydroponics or a variety of types). The map also assists growers in locations to sell their products.

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

Watermelon Petiole Sap Testing

Jay Capasso, UF/IFAS Columbia County. Bob Hochmuth, UF/IFAS NFREC-SV. Luke Harlow, UF/IFAS Union County. Kelly Aue, UF/IFAS NFREC-SV. Petiole Sap testing is an educational tool and service provided to vegetable growers in the Suwannee Valley...
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UF/IFAS begins research to update best management practices for key Florida crops

UF/IFAS received $8.8 million to conduct new research that will provide farmers with new and improved recommendations for fertilization of key Florida crops. The funding, approved by the Florida Legislature, will be administered by the Florida...
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Row Crop BMP Farm Tour – June 30

  Join us for our Row Crop Best Management Practice (BMP) Farm Tour on June 30th, 2022 from 8:00 AM to1:00 PM CDT. We will meet at the Jackson County Extension Office and travel on a bus to Melvin Farms and Baggett Farms, returning to 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