COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS
STATE OF FLORIDA
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, AGRnCULTIJRAL EXTENSaON SeCARVC
UNIVERSiTY OF FLORIDA, AND Vegetable Crop Spiw uilist COUNTY AGENT AND
UNITED STATE DEPARTMENT OF HOME DEMONSTRATION WORK
AGRICULTURE, COOPERATING V I T R I A GN AfNCVI.LE, FLORIDA
/X0 4L University of Florida
March 4, 1959
HASTINGS, FIELD .AY
The date for the 1959 Annual Field Day at the Potato Investigations Laboratory
has been set for Tuesday, :Narch 24th at 1;30 p.m.
Workers will report on research dealing with potatoes and cabbage.
VEGETABLE CROPS DEPARTMENT FTAFF
On July 1, 1957, a Department of Vegetable Crops was established at the
University of Florida. Research, Extension and Teaching personnel are in one
department. We do want you to become acquainted with the presently available
staff and an understanding of their areas of activity. We have a staff who know
vegetables and it is anticipated that they will continue to contribute to the
well-being of the State's increasingly important industry.
BRUCE A. BARMBY, Interim Assistant Vegetable Crops Specialist Bruce has his
B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of New Hampshire. He came to the U of F
to work towards his PhD in Vegetable Crops and agreed to take time out to "pinch
hit" for Joe D. Norton, who is presently on leave at L.S.U., doing Graduate work.
Bruce, as Assistant Vegetable Crops Specialist, is supplying you Agents and Home
Demonstration Agents with home garden information and is assisting in the develop-
ment of a top notch 4-H program. He is also giving a helping hand to the Vo-Ag
folks in developing a better program in vegetables.
DWAIN GULL, Assistant Horticulturist Dwain secured his B.S. and M.S. degrees
from Utah, has completed requirements for his PhD at Cornell, except for one little
detail, (I doubt if he agrees). Dwain has been with us since the middle of November
and is rapidly finding plenty of work. He will be working primarily in the handling
of vegetables, which will include the effects of varying production practices on
handling procedures and techniques.
LAWRENCE H. HALSEY, Assistant Horticulturist Lawrence, who is from Manatee
county, received his B.S. and M.S. degrees here at the University of Florida. A
major portion of his time has been devoted to work with tomatoes and Southern peas,
although if you read the "Sunshine Review" you saw a recent report on watermelon
spacing and in cooperation with ir. :1.;l.es in Agricultural Engineering, he is
attempting to develop harvesting aids to reduce labor cost and maintain top quality.
FRANK S. JAMISON Horticulturist, vegetable Crops Specialist, and Head Better
known as "Jamie", the native of Pennsylvania was given a B.S. degree at Penn State,
an M.S. at Iowa State (Ames) and his PhD at Cornell. In between, he did a spot of
teaching at Texas A and M and research at a Cornell Branch Station on Long Island.
Coming to Florida as Truck Horticulturist in 1934, he found himself the only Horti-
culturist on the University staff devoting full time to vegetable work. From 1934
until 1948, he was engaged in research, since then, he has (officially) devoted part
of his time to Extension activities. His interest at the present is to develop
facilities and personnel so that an effective job may be done on your important
problems, and to have results of these researches brought to you for active programs
in your counties.
SALVADORE J. LOCASCIO. Assistant Horticulturist and Assistant Professor Sal
is a native of Louisiana and is the most recent addition to the Department. He was
raised in the Strawberry section of Louisiana, received his B.S. degree from South-
eastern Louisiana, his M.S. from L.S.U. and will be awarded a PhD by Purdue Univ. in
June. Sal comes to us with high recommendations, his training and ability should be
of distinct value. He will be spending part of his time teaching, but will also do
work in plant nutrition. He is busy preparing for watermelon fertility work and will
continue Dr. Nettles' cooperative project with Dr. Neller (Soils Dept.) on using
sawdust as a source for soil humus.
A. P. LORZ, Horticulturist Al is another native of Pennsylvania, his under-
graduate work being done at Allegheny College. His PhD was awarded at the University
of Virginia. Al spends his time in developing improved varieties of vegetables,
although he does take time out every other year to teach a most excellent course in
Vegetable Breeding. He has worked mostly with legumes; beans, peas, Southern peas,
and pole beans. Florigreen, a rust-resistant pole bean, was a joint introduction
with Dr. Walter of Bradenton. Emerald, a pea, was introduced several years ago and
is being grown in areas where peas are still a fresh market crop. Just recently,
three Southern pea varieties have been selected for release as soon as sufficient
seed supplies are available. I am sure Al would agree that he has only skimmed the
surface and there are some real potentialities in this crop, not only for food but
for feed as well. Oh yes, he is also exploring the new cobalt irradiator as to its
effects on speeding mutations.
MASON E. MARVEL, Assistant Vegetable Crops Specialist Mason can't escape it,
he is from Alabama, although he received his B.S. at the University of Massachusetts,
M.S. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has completed most requirements for the
PhD at the University of West Virginia. He came to the Extension Service from
Michigan, where he was Vegetable Specialist with Cal. Spray Corp. Mason has been
kept busy in preparing materials for you Agents, has brought up-to-date a number of
Production Guides, prepared some new ones, issued the Vegetarian and is presently
revising the vegetable section of your Handbook.
JAMES MONTELARO. Associate Vegetable Crops Specialist Jim is from Louisiana,
receiving his B.S. from Southwestern Louisiana, M.S. from L.S.U. and his PhD from
the University of Florida. Jim, except for a brief interlude with Minute Maid Corp.,
has been with the Agricultural Extension Service since receiving his degree. For
the second semester of last year, he carried the teaching load for Dr. Jerry Stout,
who was on leave-of-absence. Jim for the past year has had primary responsibility
for helping you Agents with planning and conducting meetings. He also prepares the
Vegegrams and other information sent you Agents.
VICTOR F. NETTLES, Associate Horticulturist and Associate Professor Vic is
another one from Manatee county. Received his B.S. and M.S. at the University of
Florida and his PhD from Cornell. In between, he has spent considerable time with
the U.S. Army and now wears a pair of eagles (only when in uniform). Vic has
conducted research in a number of areas; fertilizer placement, irrigation, variety
testing, sweet potato and watermelon fertility are a few on which he has published.
At present he is spending the major portion of his time in teaching, although it is
anticipated that he will continue to carry several research projects.
J. D. NORTON. Assistant Vegetable Crops Specialist Joe comes from the Sand
Mountain area of Alabama. He completed his B.S. and M.S. at Auburn before coming
to Florida. His job here was to develop the home garden and youth programs. I'm
sure you Agents will agree he has provided you with much ammunition in these areas,
Joe is on leave doing Graduate work at L.S.U. He made straight "A's" during the
first semester, is also assisting on several research projects as well as carrying
his own. He reports he'll be back in the fall.
STANLEY E. ROSEBERNGER, Associate Marketing Specialist in Vegetable Crops -
Stan comes from down Micanopy way. His B.S. and M.S. were granted by the University
of Florida. At the moment Stan is in big need of a thesis to complete the require-
ments for a PhD. Stan is working in a unique area. He is attempting to show store
managers how to sell more and better vegetables. His successful methods are being
watched by other states. The chart on Tomato Handling prepared for your use last
spring has been praised from California to New York. Merchandising vegetables is
his specialty and he may be able to assist you with some of your problems.
B. D. THMOPSON, Assistant Horticulturist Dale comes from Imperial Polk;
received his B.S., M.S. and PhD from the University of Florida. He is interested
in several lines of research with considerable time being spent in the area of post-
harvest physiology. Just this week he was delighted to see Harven released for use
on strawberries. This material was found by Dale to be an effective aid in maintain-
ing quality of strawberries during the marketing period. Black-spotting of radishes,
plastic mulches, gibberellins and tomato quality as affected by temperatures are
some of the other areas in which he is interested. Dale has also developed and
teaches a most excellent course on the handling, storage and transportation of
This completes the list of full-time staff assignments. You may be interested
in the graduate students who are working part-time for the department.
WILLIAM JOHNSON. Research Assistant Bill is County Agent of Beaufort County,
South Carolina and is working towards his M.S. degree. He was with us several years
ago and completed the necessary course work, now he is attempting to develop thesis
material by working with herbicides, particularly on the important crops of his
KIRTI SINGH, Research Assistant Kirti arrived last fall from India. He
received his B.S. degree in India. A high scholastic average during the fall
semester allowed him to enter graduate school this semester. Kirti will be working
on a problem that has great potentialities. It is too soon to say much about it but
he has high hopes of developing a laboratory method of measuring the genetic purity
of plants or even of seeds. What a day if this could be done Kirti will be working
with Drs. Thompson and Lorz of this Department and Dr. Noggle of Botany.
MAHENDRA SINGH, Graduate Assistant Mahendra received his M.S. degree in India
before coming to Florida. He is working with Dr. Lorz in determining how best to
use the cobalt irradiator in a breeding program. Their first efforts will be to
expose pollen to various dosages and to observe the rate of mutation if any, and
find means to utilize advantageously any desirable ones that may occur. You Agents
may be interested in knowing that Malendra was encouraged to continue graduate
training by a 4-H'er that spent time in India as an exchange student.
WILLIE WATERS, Research Assistant Willie, a native of Kentucky, received his
B.S. and M.S. from the University of Kentucky and is working towards his PhD. Willie
is studying the role of calcium in the nutrition of watermelons. Quite an under-
taking, but our confidence in Willie is such that we know he will make a worthwhile
contribution. He will be working with Dr. Nettles and Dr. Rothwell (Soils Dept.).
This brief review of our staff may give you a picture of the activities of the
Vegetable Crops Department.
Sometimes you may be inquisitive as to how the acreage suggested for planting
in the Outlook Information Report compares with actual acreage planted on vegetables,
issued annually by Florida Agricultural Extension Service. The acreage suggested
for winter (first column) with the planted acreage reported January 1 and February 1
by Crop Reporting Service is given in the following table. U.S. shipments, market
supplies and Florida prices, refer to Vegetable Merchandising Guide prepared by
Stanley E. Rosenberger and issued weekly by department.
ACREAGES RECOMMENDED AND PLANTED
__ For Winter
F. S. Jamison
Vegetable Crops Specialist