Florida Growers Encouraged to Take a Closer Look at Cole Crops

Florida Growers Encouraged to Take a Closer Look at Cole Crops

Lincoln Zotarelli holds court during Florida cabbage field day

Last year’s UF/IFAS Cabbage/Cole Crops Field Day drew a crowd to the Hastings Agricultural Extension Center’s Cowpen Branch Research Farm. Interest in and information about alternative crop options for the area is surging. Photo by Paul Rusnak

No question, the specialty crop landscape in Northeast Florida’s Tri-County Agricultural Area is evolving. This trend was top of mind when the UF/IFAS Hastings Agricultural Extension Center (HAEC) hosted its first Cabbage/Cole Crops Field Day last fall — a departure from the predominantly potato-focused programs local producers are accustomed to seeing. Based on the turnout, follow-up, and revealing research since, it’s safe to say growers and scientists are hungry for more.

This year’s field day gathering, scheduled for Dec. 13 at the HAEC’s Cowpen Branch Research Farm, seeks to further explore management practices that enhance and support productivity of cole crops including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

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As part of the program, UF/IFAS research specialists, Extension agents, and related industry representatives will cover multiple take-home topics of interest.

2017 UF/IFAS Hastings Cole Crops Field Day Agenda
(Dec. 13)
Program sponsored by Bejo Seeds

8:30 a.m. On-site Registration

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:10 a.m. Cabbage Cover Crop/Weed Management Strategies – Peter Dittmar, UF/IFAS

9:35 a.m. Advanced Cabbage Production Demonstration – Charles Barrett and Bonnie C. Wells, UF/IFAS

9:55 a.m. Broccoli and Cauliflower Variety Trials – Lincoln Zotarelli, UF/IFAS

10:15 a.m. Break sponsored by Yara

10:30 a.m. Brussels Sprout Cultivar x Nitrogen Study – Lincoln Zotarelli and Wendy Mussoline, UF/IFAS

11:00 a.m. Diamond Back Moth Management Trial – Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS

11:25 a.m. Brussels Sprout Topping – Lincoln Zotarelli, UF/IFAS and Candice Anderson, Bejo Seeds

11:45 a.m. Plans for Alternative Crop Studies and HAEC Disease Diagnostic Lab – Bonnie C. Wells

12:00 p.m. Lunch sponsored by Ameris Bank

For those interested in attending and participating in this free event, they are welcome to RSVP at 904-692-4944 and/or can click here to inquire further.