Vegetarian Newsletter

Horticultural Sciences Department
A Vegetable Crops Extension Publication

October 2006



Announcements & News


The New Vegetable Production Handbooks are now here

The 2006-2007 edition of the Vegetable Production Handbook is now here. If you would like a copy please contact Curtis Smyder at (352) 392-1928 Ext. 226 or 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. Note: the online (EDIS) Version has not yet been updated.

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.

Citrus Pest Management Course Offered This Spring

A Citrus Pest Management course will be offered this spring at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred for the Spring 2007 term. The Citrus Pest Management is a graduate-level course for students and citrus industry personnel working in the area of pest management. The course will reviews the latest tactics and strategies available to manage diseases and arthropod, nematode and weed pests of citrus. Emphasis will be given to techniques by which pest and disease organisms are monitored and how this information is used to effectively manage pests with the least risk to the environment. Click here for more information.

Direct link to BMP in Florida Vegetables & Agronomic Crops

Click here for a list of contributing extension agents