The Week in Florida Agriculture
August 30 - September 5, 2010
Dry conditions have stressed the cotton crop. Peanut condition is 2 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 71 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Excessive heat has caused soybean blooms to drop in some fields. Previous heavy rains have caused cotton boll rot and decreased fiber quality. Peanut crops continue to show white mold. Cover crops are being tilled and fields are being prepared for planting fall vegetable crops. Weather Summary: Cooler weather. 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: Okra and avocadoes are moving through the market. Livestock and Pastures: Statewide, pasture condition is fair to excellent with most good. Statewide, cattle condition is good. Citrus: Growing conditions are good across the citrus region.