Vol 119 (2006): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society

Review of nutrient management systems for Florida vegetable producers: a white paper from the uf/ifas vegetable fertilizer task force

Eric Simonne
University of Florida
Published December 1, 2006
  • Best management practices,
  • nitrogen,
  • phosphorus


The Vegetable Fertilizer Task Force (VFTF) was created by the UF/IFAS Dean for Extension in 2006 to review nutrient management systems for Florida vegetable producers. The VFTF identified differences between actual fertilization practices and UF/IFAS fertilizer recommendations, especially for vegetables grown with subsurface (Central and South Florida) and overhead (Miami-Dade County) irrigation. In these areas, differences were highest for fall crops when the frequency of leaching rain has historically been highest. With the development of the statewide Best Management Practice (BMP) program for vegetables, UF/IFAS fertilizer recommendations have become quasi-regulatory. The recommendations of the VFTF aim at bridging the gaps between science-based results and the diversity in production systems found in the Florida vegetable industry.