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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

Calibrating a Backpack Sprayer; The 1/128th Rule

Introduction In preparation for Spring, it is a good idea to make sure your equipment is calibrated and in good working condition.  This article discusses a quick and easy method for calibrating a hand-powered, backpack sprayer. Calibration is...
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Micronized Sulfur in Peanut Production

Jay Capasso, UF/IFAS Columbia County Extension. Keith Wynn, UF/IFAS Hamilton County Extension. Dr. Nicholas Dufault, UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Department. Introduction Sulfur is one of the earliest known pesticides. The ancient...
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2022 Guide to Seminole County Farms and Farmers Markets

Where can I buy locally grown food? Seminole County has a rich history in agriculture. There is a huge diversity of types of farms locally. Both big and small, Seminole County is home to over 400 farms that grow vegetables, cattle,...
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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