Pepper Production Guide for Florida: Introduction

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Pepper Production Guide for Florida: Introduction
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Fact sheet
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Hochmuth, George
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University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
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Gainesville, Fla.
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"August 1997"
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"SP 215"

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1.This document is a chapter of SP 215, last printed in 1990 as Circular 102 E. SP 215, Pepper Production Guide for Florida, last printed in 1990 as Circular 102 E, 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 215, call UF/IFAS Distribution at (352) 392-1764. Please visit the FAIRS Website at http://hammock.ifas.ufl.eduThe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educat ional 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 Agricultu ral Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Pepper Production Guide for Florida is edited by G.J. Hochmuth, professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, IFAS. SP 215Pepper Production Guide for Florida: Introduction1G. J. Hochmuth2Bell Peppers are produced on 23,000 acres in Florida with most of the production in the southern Florida counties of Collier, Eastern Palm Beach, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, and Hillsborough (Table 1). Almost 90% of the pepper acreage is located in these southern Florida counties. Central and northern Florida counties with significant pepper acreage include Alachua and Sumter. Nearly all pepper is produced on polyethylene-mulched beds with only a few hundred acres of unmulched pepper in central and northern Florida. Even the nonmulched pepper in central and northern Florida is rapidly being converted to mulched pepper. Central and northern Florida pepper is planted in February and March and harvested two or three times. Pepper in southern Florida especially in the lower east coast, is often harvested several additional times and this factor accounts for the differences in yield by region. Many of the same counties producing bell pepper also have significant acreage of hot pepper, most of which are jalapeno peppers. No survey of the hot pepper acreage has been made, but it is estimated that there may be 2000 to 3000 acres of jalapeno pepper and miscellaneous specialty pepper including cayenne and cherry pepper. A significant portion of the jalapeno peppers are grown for the processing industry for use in condiments. Jalapeno peppers are also grown for the fresh market. Yields for the processing crops are about 15 to 20,000 pounds per acre and yields for the fresh market can be as high as 40,000 pounds per acre due to multiple harvests over a long season.

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Pepper Production Guide for Florida: Introduction Page 2 April 1998 Table 1. Bell pepper acreage and yields in the various production areas in the state for the 1993-1994 season1. Yield per acreProduction AreaAcres harvested25-lb cartons1,000 cartons Northwest500885443 North central and East central1,000993993 West central3,4007362,505 Southwest9,5001,15510,976 Southeast7,2001,2278,834 State21,6001,09923,7481Florida Agricultural Statistics, Vegetable Summary, 1993-94. Florida Agric. Statistics Serv. Orlando, FL.