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An Urgent Message to Growers

December 16, 2014

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services Division of Plant Industry is passing along this message from Charles LaPradd, agricultural manager, Miami-Dade County:

An Urgent Message to Growers

As the traditional vegetable farming season moves into full production,  my office has been receiving numerous complaints of crop damage due to poor crop production practices and lack of coordination with neighboring farms. Several instances of invasive and destructive diseases spread by insects such as thrips, whitefly, ambrosia beetles and other pests have been noted due to inadequate production practices and a lack of consideration for neighboring farms.

Good agricultural practices necessitate that crops and plants be promptly destroyed at the end of the harvest. This practice greatly reduces pests, plant diseases and odors. Untended fields, poorly cared for plants and improper weed control create breeding grounds for a myriad of pest which spread disease, costing all growers more money to produce crops.

Please utilize good agricultural practices and be a good steward of your land. Promptly destroying your plantings upon completion of harvest, properly maintaining your farm and coordinating with your neighbors are practices that are part of being a good neighbor and farmer, and will reduce expenses for everyone. Thank you for your cooperation,

Charles LaPradd Agricultural Manager Miami-Dade County

Un Mensaje Urgente a Los Productores

Como la temporada tradicional de vegetales se mueve hacia la máxima producción, mi oficina ha recibido numerosas denuncias de daños en los cultivos debido a pobres prácticas de producción de cosechas y falta de coordinación con fincas vecinas.  Varios casos de enfermedades invasivas y destructivas propagadas por insectos como la Mosca Blanca, Escarabajos Ambrosia y Thrips y otras plagas se han observado debido a prácticas de producción inadecuadas y falta de consideración para con las fincas vecinas.  Buenas prácticas agrícolas requieren que las plantas y cultivos sean destruidos al final de la cosecha.  Esta práctica reduce considerablemente las plagas, las enfermedades de plantas y los olores.  Campos sin trabajar, plantas mal cuidadas y mal control de malezas crean un sinnúmero de plagas que transmiten enfermedades, costándole al agricultor más dinero para producir sus cultivos.  Favor de utilizar buenas prácticas y sean buenos administradores de sus tierras, destruyendo inmediatamente sus plantaciones tan pronto terminen de cosechar, conservar adecuadamente su finca y coordinar con sus vecinos.  Estas prácticas son parte de ser un buen vecino y agricultor y reducirá gastos para todos.

Gracias por su colaboración,

Charles LaPradd Gerente Agricola Miami-Dade County

Regulatory and Economic Resources Department

10710 SW 211 Street, Suite 103

Cutler Bay, Florida  33189  

T 305 971-5091  F 305-971-5051

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