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North FL Research & Education Center- Suwannee Valley

North FL Research & Education Center- Suwannee Valley

RESEARCH

Vegetable/Specialty Crops

A number of horticultural crops are planted for research trials in the fields and under various protected culture structures at NFREC-SV. Research trials in the field include crops such as tomato, pepper, squash, watermelon, cole crops, carrot and sweet potato. The greenhouse and other protected agriculture research trials include a wide range of vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, and cut flowers; however, the emphasis is on leafy greens, tomato, cucumber, colored bell pepper, and fresh cut herbs like basil and chives. The Center also has a four acre area dedicated to research on organic cropping systems for vegetables. The wide range of research programs for vegetable crops being conducted reflects the diverse industry in the region, both in the field and under protected culture. The research programs are in place to find solutions to the challenges facing the region’s vegetable industry with the emphasis on developing new and alternative specialty crops and production systems, efficient technologies as related to water and nutrient management, integrated pest management systems, and the impact of the use and timing of application on various animal manures and other practices on food safety.

Carrot Trial at NFREC-SV
Carrot Research Plot
Aerial view of Carrot Trial at NFREC-SV
Drone Shot Carrot Trial

 

Pickling Cucumber Trial Harvest
Pickling Cucumber Harvest
High Tunnel Organic Tomato Trial
Harvesting Tomatoes High Tunnel