Vegetarian Newsletter

Horticultural Sciences Department
A Vegetable Crops Extension Publication

March 2006



Announcements & News


The Vegetable Production Handbook

The Vegetable Production Handbook is now up and available online at The handbook provides up-to-date information on a wide variety of topics in vegetable production and will be of use to those in the vegetable industry or anyone growing vegetables in Florida.

New EDIS Postharvest Horticulture Publication

The first revision of the Handling Florida Vegetable Series, “Round and Roma Tomato Types” was just released by EDIS ( This completely new bulletin was written by Steve Sargent, Jeff Brecht and Teresa Olczyk and features the latest information from our studies with these tomato types, describing in detail handling procedures from harvest through shipping to ensure the highest quality. Important topics covered include: varieties, harvest maturity, dump tank management, grading, gas room management, temperature management, and shipping


Direct link to BMP in Florida Vegetables & Agronomic Crops

Call for Abstracts for the 2006 Joint Meeting of the Florida State Horticultural Society and the Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida

Link to Florida State Parks news story; "UF experts demostrate vegetable and citrus cultivation at the Rawlings Garden and Grove."

Contributing Extension Specialists

Jeffrey K. Brecht
Professor and SCIENTIFIC EDITOR, postharvest physiology

Daniel J. Cantliffe
Professor and Chair

Craig K. Chandler
Professor, breeding/ genetics

Kent Cushman
Assistant Professor, vegetable production

Chad M. Hutchinson
Associate Professor, vegetable production

Yuncong Li
Associate Professor, soils

Stephen M. Olson
Professor, small farms

Rafael Munoz-Carpena
Assistant Professor, hydrology

Mark A. Ritenour
Associate Professor, postharvest

Steven A. Sargent
Professor, postharvest

Eric H. Simonne
Associate Professor, vegetable nutrition

William M. Stall
Professor, weed science

Danielle Treadwell
Assistant Professor, organic/sustainable production