The Week in Florida Agriculture
December 24-30, 2007
Rainfall in the Panhandle has improved the condition of small grain fields and improved topsoil moisture. Water levels in ponds, streams and ditches are extremely low. Potato planting is beginning and will continue through February in Hastings and surrounding areas. Winter crops have progressed and harvesting of cabbage and broccoli continued around Palatka. Some cotton harvesting was interrupted by rain. Pastures are extremely dry. Strawberry plants continue to look good. The fall harvest of grape tomatoes is nearing the end around Plant City. Sugarcane harvesting is active in the Lake Okeechobee area. Harvesting and packing of beans, okra, squash and tomatoes continues in Florida City. Vegetables: Markets are moving zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes. Livestock: Cattle are in fair condition statewide. Citrus: Picking of grapefruit and tangelos will begin in upcoming weeks. Early Navel oranges, grapefruit and Sunburst tangelos and tangerines are being harvested. Citrus trees and groves look good despite continuing drought conditions.