Safety, promotions top tomato meeting agenda

09/13/2006 02:00:00 AM

The industry didn’t experience as much price volatility as it experienced during the previous season, he said.

Growers will also battle a growing whitefly pest problem.

The pest this summer was identified in five counties ranging from Dade and Lee counties in the south part of the state to Hillsborough and Orange counties in the central and Suwannee County in the north. Brown said it’s only a matter of time before growers throughout the state have to begin managing the pest, which carries the tomato yellow leaf curl virus.

The industry is working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to require burning of infected crops to prevent spread to neighboring fields, Brown said.


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