Tomato Production Guide for Florida: Introduction ( Publisher's URL )

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Tomato Production Guide for Florida: Introduction
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Hochmuth, George
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
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"August 1997."
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"SP 214"

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1.This document is a chapter of SP 214, last printed in 1990 as Circular 98 C. SP 214, Tomato Production Guide for Florida, last printed in l990 as Circular 98 C, is a publication of the Commercial Vegetable Guide Series, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: August 1997. For more information about how to order the complete print document, SP 2 14, call UF/IFAS Distribution at (352) 392-1764. Please visit the FAIRS Website at The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educati onal information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Servi ce office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean 2.G.J. Hochmuth, professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultura l Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611. The Tomato Production Guide for Florida is edited by G.J. Hochmuth, professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, IFAS. Figure 1. Staked tomatoes on polyethylene-mulched beds.SP-214Tomato Production Guide for Florida: Introduction1G.J. Hochmuth2Tomatoes comprise nearly one-third of the total farm crop value of vegetables and are grown on nearly 50,000 acres (Table 1) in Florida. Tomatoes are grown in several major production areas in the state. Production practices vary considerable among the major production areas, although almost 100 percent of the tomato crop in Florida is grown on polyethylenemulched beds (Figure 1). The main winter production occurs in Dade County on Rockdale soils, and the crop is grown with plastic mulch and metal construction stakes. In Dade County, drip irrigation is also increasing in popularity. In the Palmetto-Ruskin and in the east coast areas, most tomatoes are grown on sandy soil using staked culture and subsurface or drip irrigation. Production areas in Gadsden County (Western Florida) have heavier soils and almost all crops there are grown with plastic mulch, stakes and drip irrigation.


Tomato Production Guide for Florida: Introduction Page 2 March 1998 Table 1. Fresh tomato acreage and production in Florida, 1993-941 season. Yield per acreProduction AreaAcres harvested25-lb cartonsx 1000 lb West, North and North central4,1001,4936,120 Palmetto-Ruskin12,8001,53319,623 East coast6,1001,5159,239 Southwest21,5001,14324,578 Dade5,1001,3496,880 State49,6001,34066,440 Oct. through Dec.17,7001,03218,271 Jan. through July31,9001,51048,1691Florida Agricultural Statistics, Vegetable Summary, 1993-1994. Florida Agric. Statistics Serv. Orlando, FL.