The Week in Florida Agriculture
August 23-29, 2010
White mold infestation is significant in some peanut fields. Peanut condition is reported as 1 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 70 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Early-planted peanuts are being harvested, with some yields reduced by white mold. Prior drought conditions have caused some minor damage to cotton and peanut crops. Planting of fall crops continues. Light supplies of okra are being marketed. Weather Summary: Showers elevated soil moisture. Seafood: Spiny lobster, grouper, scamp, amberjack, flounder, live blue crab, blue crab meat, red snapper, oysters and shrimp are in steady supply. 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: Avocados and okra are being marketed. Livestock and Pastures: Statewide, pasture condition is poor to excellent with most good. Some pastures have standing water from recent heavy rain. Statewide, most cattle are in good condition. Citrus: Growing conditions continue to be good across the citrus region.