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Agriculture in Southwest Florida

Vegetables

Fresh market vegetables are big business in southwest Florida. Some of the major vegetables grown are tomatoes, green peppers, watermelons, potatoes, and squash. Southwest Florida helps provide most of the fresh vegetables enjoyed by Americans during the winter months from November through April. Vegetable production generates revenues in excess of $300 million annually. Southwest Florida is considered “District 3.” District 3 is comprised of Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Lee and Monroe Counties. Glades County is not considered part of this district.

Southwest Florida Vegetable Acres and Production Costs
Southwest Florida Vegetable Acres and Production Costs

 

Acres

Expected Yield (Units)

Total Cost/Acre ($)
Tomato, round 20,000 1,500 25-ctn 17,489.50
Watermelon 13,000 340 cwt 4,979.21
Bush Beans 13,000  225 bu  4,310.00
Bell Pepper 7,000  1,00 28-lb  18,526.98
Potatoes 4,500  200 cwt  4,148.00
Sweet Corn 3,000  250 42-lb  5,325.00
Squash and Zucchini 2,500  300 42-lb  4,750.00
Cucumbers 1,500  600 55-lb  6,044.42
Eggplant 1,200  1,400 33-lb  12,150.00

*Source: Ozores-Hampton, McAvoy, Roka, Van Sickle, and Smith, 2009.

Round Tomato Shipments Over the Past 10 Years, District 3 and All of Florida

Vegetables - Round Tomatoes - Total Shipments 10 yrs - chart

Information provided by Florida Tomato Committee

Round Tomato Prices Over the Past 10 Years, District 3 and All of Florida

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Information provided by Florida Tomato Committee

 
Publications
Production Costs for Selected Florida Vegetables,

S.A. Smith & T.G. Taylor, University of Florida, IFAS, FRE 145, 2007

Costs of production are reported for eleven vegetable crops produced in Southwest production areas in Florida for the 2005-2006 season. Combinations are presented along with net return analyses. Labor and machinery cost breakdowns by operation are detailed in the appendix.

Download: Production Costs for Selected Florida Vegetables, (EDIS)

Management of Soil and Water for Vegetable Production in Southwest Florida

R.M. Muchovej, E.A. Hanlon, M. Ozores-Hampton, F.M. Roka, S. Shukla, H. Yamataki, and K. Cushman, University of Florida, IFAS, SL-233, 2008

This document integrates information that was presented at the Sand Land Workshop, 2003, dealing with vegetable production on mineral soils of southwest Florida. The intent of this document is to review those challenges facing vegetable growers dealing with soils, water management, and nutrients. Certain available strategies are evolving to efficiently produce vegetables in southwest Florida on variable mineral soils and are reviewed herein.

Download: Management of Soil and Water for Vegetable Production in Southwest Florida (EDIS)

Power Analysis of On-Farm Fertilizer Trials with Tomato

Eric Simonne, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Ramon Littell, Kent Cushman, Fritz Roka, Phil Stansly, Sanjay Shukla, Pam Roberts, Kelly Morgan, Thomas Obreza, Gene McAvoy, Phyllis Gilreath, and Darrin Parmenter, 2007. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. Vol. 120.

This paper was written for the 2007 FSHS meetings. The objectives of this study were to conduct retrospective and prospective power analyses of published results from on-farm trials with tomatoes and determine the number of replications needed for each trial to achieve a .80.

Download: Power Analysis of On-Farm Fertilizer Trials with Tomato  [pdf]

Effect of Nitrogen Range on Yield of Tomato Grown with Seepage Irrigation and Reclaimed Water

Monica Ozores-Hampton, Eric Simonne, Phyllis Gilreath, Steven Sargent, Daniel C. McClure, Thomas Wilkes, Eugene McAvoy, Phil Stansly, Sanjay Shukla, Pam Roberts, Fritz Roka, Tom Obreza, Kent Cushman, and Darrin Parmenter, 2007. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. Vol. 120.

This study, reported at the 2007 FSHS meetings, disusses the assessment of the contribution of non-fertilizer N sources on tomato grown with seepage irrigation and reclaimed water. As reclaimed water can contain up to 9.9 ppm of nitrate-nitrogen, it may be a source of N that should be counted in the fertilization programs of seepage-irrigated tomato.

Download: Effect of Nitrogen Range on Yield of tomato Grown with Seepage Irrigation and Reclaimed Water  [pdf]

Commercial Vegetable Production Guide for Florida

Stephen M. Olson, Eric Simonne, et al. 2009

Download: Commercial Vegetable Production Guide for Florida  (EDIS)


 
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Fresh market vegetables are big business in southwest Florida. Some of the major vegetables grown are tomatoes, green peppers, watermelons, potatoes, and squash.