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Vegetable & Small Fruit Production Handbook, 2014-20151

Gary E. Vallad, Joshua H. Freeman and Peter J. Dittmar, editors2

This is the full text of the Vegetable and Small Fruit Production Handbook (218 pp).

Welcome to the eighteenth edition of the Vegetable & Small Fruit Production Handbook of Florida. This handbook is designed to provide Florida growers with the latest informationon crop cultivars, cultural practices, and pest management.The information is a result of a cooperative effort among vegetable crop specialists and county agents to share expertise and advice that can help growers maximize sustainability and profits.The handbook is available as individual chapters and in its entirety at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences EDIS website (edis.ifas.ufl .edu/topic_vph). Over time, chapters have been removed; these chapters are listed on page 3 and are available on the EDIS website. Free hard copies of the handbook are available at UF/IFAS research and education centers and county extension offices.The authors wish to thank the Florida vegetable growers for the continued support of UF/IFAS research and extension. The authors also thank The Grower’s Citrus + Vegetable Magazine and Vance Publishing for their continued support of this publication.

Contents

Chapter 1 Vegetable Production in Florida (page 1)

JH Freeman, DA Botts, PJ Dittmar, MD Dukes, GJ Hochmuth, G Liu, JW Noling, EH Simonne, SA Smith, GE Vallad and L Zotarelli

Chapter 2 Cole Crop Production (page 7)

L Zotarelli, PJ Dittmar, GE Vallad, SE Webb, SM Olson and NS Dufault

Chapter 3 Cucurbit Production (page 21)

JH Freeman, EJ McAvoy, PJ Dittmar, M Ozores-Hampton, M Paret and SE Webb L Zotarelli

Chapter 4 Eggplant Production (page 39)

EJ McAvoy, NS Boyd, M Ozores-Hampton, PD Roberts, and HA Smith

Chapter 5 Leafy Vegetable Production (page 49)

M Ozores-Hampton, PJ Dittmar, RN Raid and SE Webb

Chapter 6 Legume Production (page 67)

M Ozores-Hampton, EJ McAvoy, PJ Dittmar, SE Webb and S Zhang

Chapter 7 Specialty and Minor Vegetable Crop Production (page 81)

CF Miller, Q Wang, PJ Dittmar, EJ McAvoy, M Ozores-Hampton, RN Raid, PD Roberts, CA Snodgrass, SE Webb, AJ Whidden, S Zhang and L Zotarelli

Chapter 8 Pepper Production (page 137)

M Ozores-Hampton, NS Boyd, EJ McAvoy, HA Smith and GE Vallad

Chapter 9 Potato Production (page 151)

L Zotarelli, PJ Dittmar, PD Roberts and SE Webb

Chapter 10 Strawberry Production (page 163)

VM Whitaker, NS Boyd, NA Peres and HA Smith

Chapter 11 Sweet Corn Production (page 173)

M Ozores-Hampton, PJ Dittmar, EJ McAvoy, RN Raid and SE Webb

Chapter 12 Tomato Production (page 183)

JH Freeman, EJ McAvoy, NS Boyd, M Ozores-Hampton, HA Smith, GE Vallad

Chapter 13 Biopesticides and Alternative Disease and Pest Management Products (page 205)

HA Smith, GE Vallad and SE Webb

Crop Index

Authors

Daniel A. Botts, director, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association - Maitland

Nathan S. Boyd, assistant professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center - Wimauma

Peter J. Dittmar, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department - Gainesville

Nicholas S. Dufault, assistant professor, Plant Pathology Department - Gainesville

Michael D. Dukes, associate professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department - Gainesville

Joshua H. Freeman, assistant professor, North Florida Research and Education Center - Quincy

Guodong Liu, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department - Gainesville

Eugene McAvoy, Extension agent IV, Hendry County, Labelle

Christian F. Miller, Extension agent I, Palm Beach County, Palm Beach

Joseph W. Noling, professor, Citrus Research and Education Center - Lake Alfred

Monica Ozores-Hampton, assistant professor, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center – Immokalee

Mathews Paret, assistant professor, North Florida Research and Education Center - Quincy

Natalia Peres, associate professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center - Wimauma

Richard N. Raid, professor, Everglades Research and Education Center - Belle Glade

Pamela D. Roberts, professor, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center - Immokalee

Eric H. Simonne, professor, Office of District Extension Directors - Gainesville

Hugh A. Smith, assistant professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center - Wimauma

Scott A. Smith, coordinator, economic analysis, Food and Resource Economics Department - Gainesville

Crystal A. Snodgrass, Extension agent I, Manatee County - Palmetto

Gary E. Vallad, associate professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center - Wimauma

Qingren Wang, Extension agent I, Miami-Dade County - Homestead

Susan E. Webb, associate professor, Entomology and Nematology Department - Gainesville

Alicia J. Whidden, Extension agent II, Hillsborough County, Seffner

Vance M. Whitaker, assistant professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center – Wimauma

Shouan Zhang, assistant professor, Tropical Research and Education Center - Homestead

Lincoln Zotarelli, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department - Gainesville

Footnotes

1.

This document is one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date November 2014. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

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Gary E. Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology, Gulf Coast REC, Wimauma, FL 33598; Joshua H. Freeman, assistant professor of horticulture, North Florida REC; and Peter J. Dittmar, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville. FL, 32611.


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