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Horticultural Sciences

"Florida's agricultural industry generates more than $103 billion in annual economic impact and employs more than 500,000 people. Florida's farmers produce nearly 300 commodities, and winter vegetables and citrus consistently lead the national rankings. To meet the needs of this diverse industry, research and extension programs in the areas of fruit and vegetable production, postharvest technology and weed science are delivered on a county, regional and statewide basis using a variety of methods including field days, intensive hands-on training, and distance learning. Excellence in programming facilitates the exchange of information and technology and contributes to the professional development of extension faculty and the agricultural clientele they serve."
--- Extension Programs, Horticultural Sciences Department

Editorial Team

  • Steve Sargent - Editor, Approver
  • Chris Gunter - Chair
  • aaguirre1 - ICS Editor


The Satsuma Mandarin

CH116/HS195 by Peter C. Andersen, James J. Ferguson,and Muhammad Adnan ShahidSeptember 18th, 2023This articles provides detailed description on cold hardy citrus, the satsuma mandarin.Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Using High Tunnels to Enhance Organic Vegetable Production in Florida: an Overview

HS1466/HS1466by Shufang Tian, Xin Zhao, Isaac R. Vincent, Tian Gong, Zachary T. Ray, Jesusa Legaspi, Alejandro Bolques, Timothy W. Coolong, and Juan Carlos Díaz-PérezSeptember 11th, 2023Cost-effective high tunnel systems as a protected production tool hold great potential for offering multifaceted benefits to vegetable growers in Florida beyond season extension. The adoption of high tunnels in the U.S. has been largely fueled by the NRCS High Tunnel System Initiative. Various high tunnel structures may be adapted to the Florida environment for growing high-value vegetable crops. In particular, high tunnels can help improve crop yield and quality in organic vegetable production. This article provides an overview of high tunnel structures and environment, growth of high tunnel production and the organic produce sector, major advantages of using high tunnels to enhance organic vegetable production, and challenges of high tunnel management in Florida. Some online resources for high tunnel vegetable production are provided, and future research needs are also pointed out for improving the long-term environmental and economic sustainability of high tunnel production systems.Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Chapter 2. Fertilizer Management for Vegetable Production in Florida

CV296/CV296by Guodong Liu, Eric H. Simonne, Kelly T. Morgan, George Hochmuth, Shinsuke Agehara, Rao Mylavarapu, and Craig FreyAugust 21st, 2023Chapter 2 of the Vegetable Production HandbookCritical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

2023–2024 Florida Citrus Production Guide: Citrus under Protective Screen (CUPS) Production Systems

HS1304/CMG19by Arnold W. Schumann, Ariel Singerman, Mark A. Ritenour, Jawwad Qureshi, and Fernando AlferezAugust 15th, 20232023–2024 Florida Citrus Production GuideCritical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

2023–2024 Florida Citrus Production Guide: Grove Planning and Establishment

HS1302/HS1302 by Christopher Vincent, Tripti Vashisth, Mongi Zekri, and Ute AlbrechtAugust 15th, 20232023–2024 Florida Citrus Production GuideCritical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems