Sunday, September 29, 2013

Updates on cultivars!

The radishes are starting to come through the soil. Weeds have been removed to prevent competition for the seedlings. The broccoli and lettuce have a much easier time in the greenhouse. No weeds so far. The best cultivars are staring to show. The Adriana lettuce is doing the best by far, followed by Skyphos.

They are both ahead of the Red Cross lettuce, and with a name like that, we are surprised they are so sickly looking.

Broccoli have also sprouted and seem to be about even, as far as growth rates go. The Green Magic has the darkest leaves now, and we can not wait to see how the colors progress.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Seeds are Sprouting

Hello Friends!

Last Thursday we planted our lettuce, radishes and broccoli. The broccoli and lettuce have been planted in cells used for transplanting. They are nice and comfy in the student green house. On the other hand the radishes had to be directly planted as to not damage the delicious roots. 

Today is very rainy and many weeds have started to pop up. Its going to be a tough one for the radishes but they have already sprouted! 

Next updates will be on the seed vigor of the different cultivars. Stay tuned!
cells used for transplanting

Monday, September 9, 2013

Vegetable Production Statistics HW

1.       1. Tomato, apple, carrots, basil, watermelon, corn, peas, mushrooms, beets, potatoes.
2.       2.
A)Corn, melons, lettuce, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage ,broccoli, carrots
B)Potatoes, tomatoes, chilies, bell peppers, onions, head lettuce, cucumbers , sweet corn, cabbage
C) Corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peas, snap beans, spinach, broccoli, beets, carrots, cabbage.

3.       3. Asp, broccoli, corn, head lettuce, romaine, onions, tomatoes, snap/green peas, brussels, watermelons.
4.       4. Broccoli, carrots, sweet corn, head lettuce, Romaine, leaf lettuce, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, watermelon.
5.       5. CA, Fl,ID, GA, AZ
6.       6.  CA, WA,WI,MN,ID
7.       7.  China, India, US, Turkey, Egypt
8.       8 . Watermelons, cantaloupe, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers

9.       9. No, the production on acreage went down. While the current values increased. The values went up over the past thirty years; Values are up due to more efficient growing practices that require less land. Inflation of the dollar and increase in population drives the values up also.

Our Veggies

Broccoli: Green Magic, Belstar, Imperial

Lettuce: Skyphos, Adriana, Red Cross
Radishes: Easter Egg, Cherriette, Rover

Meet the Bowlers

My name is WIll Kacheris, I am currently a senior in the agricultural operations management. I grew up in a very small town in Illinois called Hawthorne Woods which had a heavy reliance on agricultural production.

Tyler Chamberlain - I'm a junior and a recent transfer student to UF from South Florida State College. I was raised in the small town of Lake Placid. I come from a farming family that manages a 2600-acre citrus grove and peach orchard sparked my interest in agriculture. I'm majoring in Horticultural Science.

My name is Anthony Timoti and I am a Horticultural Science major specializing in Organic Crop Production from Computer Science. I'm from Ocala, and I'm in my third year of college.

Kylie Clark: I am a Horticultural Sciences major with a focus on organic crop production. Growing up is Savannah Georgia has given me a great appreciation for the variety of crops and cultivars that grow in the south. My future job is on a 144 acre organic hay and alfalfa farm in Colorado.