The Week in Florida Agriculture
August 9-15, 2010
Rainfall helped relieve stress on crops and forage. Peanut condition is reported as 3 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 67 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Peanut pegging is 97 percent completed, compared to 94 percent this time last year, and the five-year average of 96 percent. Growth regulators have been applied to cotton fields. White mold is presenting problems in peanut fields. Hay cutting was delayed due to moisture. Fields are being prepared for planting of fall vegetables. Weather Summary: Summer showers and high humidity. Seafood: Spiny lobster, grouper, scamp, amberjack, flounder, king mackerel, live blue crabs, crab meat and shrimp are plentiful. Forestry: Land owners should prepare for winter planting by ordering pine seedlings, selecting tree planting contractors, completing mechanical and chemical site preparation, and conducting growing-season prescribed burns in suitable pine stands. Vegetables: Avocadoes and okra are moving through the market. Livestock and Pastures: Pasture condition is poor to excellent with most good. Cattle condition is poor to excellent with most good. Citrus: Growing conditions continue to be good across the citrus region.