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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

Produce Safety Class

Everyone is concerned about produce safety. The need to understand and work to reduce the risks of microbial contamination of produce should be important to all farms. Growers are required to be more involved in the safety of their produce with...
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Sugarcane Thrips (Fulmekiola serrata) Discovered in Florida

Sugarcane thrips (Fulmekiola serrata) is an important pest of Sugarcane and is native to East Asia but has been introduced to South Africa, Madagascar and the West Indies. This pest was discovered in Glades and Hendry counties in Florida...
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Growing and Selling Produce for Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are growing in popularity due to the high demand for locally grown foods. Market farming is a great way to start a small farm business. It gives you the chance to interact with consumers directly and tell them about your products...
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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