The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Scienceâ€™s Hastings Agricultural Extension Center will hold its annual Potato Field Day at its demonstration and research farm on 9500 Cowpen Branch Road April 19. The program will begin at 3 p.m.
Potato farmers, industry representatives and anyone interested in potato production should attend. Topics to be covered include specialty potatoes, nutrient and irrigation management, pests, diseases, weeds and postharvest issues.
Participants will take a tractor driven tour through the research farm, stopping at plots where University specialists and agents will deliver their presentations on current research. The tour will conclude with dinner sponsored by Lovett Irrigation. This is a free, educational event and the public is invited to attend.
More than 20,000 acres of potatoes are grown in the Hastings area, thatâ€™s more than 60% of Floridaâ€™s acreage, where potato production has an annual value of production of $180 million. Hastings was first named the â€œPotato Capital of Floridaâ€ in 1909.
For more information, contact Bonnie Wells, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Commercial Agriculture Agent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-209-0430.