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Torrential rains in south Florida damaged vegetable crop

The recent heavy rains in south Florida did significant damage to winter yellow squash, zucchini and green beans in the area, according to The Packer in an article this week.

According to the article, “The 15 inches of rain that pounded the Florida City and Homestead, Fla., area Dec. 4-7 also hurt tomatoes and sweet corn but the squash and beans sustained the most severe damage with losses in the 60%-70% range, said Charles Lapradd, Miami-Dade County’s agriculture manager.”  Standing water killed many plants by suffocating their roots.

The story also noted that in Miami-Dade County, vegetables account for 20,000 acres of the county’s 65,000 total agricultural acres, which also includes tropicals and nurseries.

Torrential rains in south Florida’s Redlands growing region severely damaged winter yellow squash, zucchini and green beans, as well as this field of corn grown by Alger Farms. Source: Alger Farms via The Packer.

Source: Alger Farms via The Packer.