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Vegetable Production for Florida1

Josh H. Freeman, Gary E. Vallad, Guodong Liu, Eric H. Simonne, George J. Hochmuth, Michael D. Dukes, Lincoln Zotarelli, Joseph W. Noling, Daniel A. Botts, Peter J. Dittmar and Scott A. Smith2

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This publication is included in the Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, 2014-2015 edition.


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This is Chapter 1 of the Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, 2014-2015 edition. The most current version of this chapter may be found at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/cv/cv10000.pdf.

Contents

This five-page chapter covers:

  • Introduction and Objective

  • Crop Management

  • Economics of Vegetable Production

Tables

Table 1.1. Vegetable production acreage and value in Florida

Table 1.2. Nitrogen (N) fertilization recommendations for selected vegetable crops in mineral soils of Florida.

Table 1.3. Phosphorus (P; expressed as P2O5) and potassium (K; expressed as K2O) fertilization recommendations for selected vegetable crops in mineral soils of Florida.

Table 1.4. Summary of maximum use rate and relative efficacy of soil fumigants on nematode, soilborne diseases, and weeds in Florida.

Table 1.5. Fumigant and herbicide for tomato, pepper, and strawberry.

Table 1.6. Breakeven production costs selected vegetable crops in production areas of Florida.

Related Publications

More detailed information on soil types and testing, as well as the use of lime, manures, specific fertilizer sources, and application procedures are available in the EDIS publication

Details on irrigation, nematode, and weed management are available in the EDIS publications:

More information on soil fumigation is available in the EDIS publication

Footnotes

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This document is HS710, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Originally published as Chapter 1. "Introduction" of Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, June 1995. Originally published as "Vegetable Production in Florida" August 2013. Revised November 2014. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

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Josh H. Freeman, assistant professor, North Florida REC; Gary E. Vallad, associate professor, Gulf Coast REC; Guodong Liu, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; Eric H. Simonne, professor, Office of District Extension Directors; George J. Hochmuth, professor, Soil & Water Science Department; Michael D. Dukes, associate professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department; Lincoln Zotarelli, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; Joseph W. Noling, professor, Citrus REC; Daniel A. Botts, director, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association; Peter J. Dittmar, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; Scott A. Smith, Coordinator, Economic Analysis, Food and Resource Economics Department; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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