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and light affect certain things, what crops do better
in them than others. We like to learn about all of the
things of a new system and figure out what's best for our
specific microclimate. "
On the hill, consistent sea breezes and wind
circulation give the Coopers advantages over lower
elevations. At the same time, however, the limited clay
soil dries quickly.
" Being in the Florida desert, we dry out so easily with
the wind, " Cooper said.
When hurricanes strike, the sandy soil is also a
disadvantage, and offers little protection in high winds.
Growing in a subtropical environment, insects
remain a constant threat. Unlike northern regions' long
dormant winters that can kill pests, insects in Florida
may leave for a month but harbor in the soil and emerge
in warmer weather.
" Once warm, it's feast or famine for them, " Cooper
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said. " If we don't control them, they will wreak havoc.
We don't really have any off-season for pests. "
Major insect pests include Japanese beetles and
caterpillars. Cooper saw a major influx of the beetles,
which affect the brassica family of leafy greens. The
high tunnels help counter leafhoppers, which feed more
in the tunnels' shade.
Unlike other farms, the Coopers eschew insect
netting and other exclusion methods. Because crops
grow quicker in central Florida than other regions,
the Coopers must limit how they focus their time. For
improved efficiencies, Sugar Top adds and removes
covers. Biological pest control as well as organic sprays
aid in prevention.
Preserving soil
" Soil health is everything, " Jordan Cooper said. " We
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are really at the mercy of our soils. It's something we
think seriously about. We're always reading different
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certain crops might be like as far as mineralization.
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July-August

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August

Editor's Letter
Grower Profile: Central Florida leafy greens
GLVPN Veg Connection: Vegetable crop yields
Organic Grower
Ag Tech: Fields of drones
Plant & Soil Health: Fusarium wilt
Great Lakes EXPO News: Connecting growers through the digital market space
Farm Market & Agritourism: Agreements between growers provide additional opportunities
Ag Labor Review
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
July-August - 1
July-August - 2
July-August - 3
July-August - Editor's Letter
July-August - 5
July-August - Grower Profile: Central Florida leafy greens
July-August - 7
July-August - 8
July-August - 9
July-August - GLVPN Veg Connection: Vegetable crop yields
July-August - 11
July-August - 12
July-August - 13
July-August - 14
July-August - Organic Grower
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July-August - 18
July-August - 19
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July-August - 27
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July-August - Ag Tech: Fields of drones
July-August - 30
July-August - 31
July-August - Plant & Soil Health: Fusarium wilt
July-August - 33
July-August - 34
July-August - 35
July-August - Great Lakes EXPO News: Connecting growers through the digital market space
July-August - 37
July-August - Farm Market & Agritourism: Agreements between growers provide additional opportunities
July-August - 39
July-August - Ag Labor Review
July-August - 41
July-August - Classifieds
July-August - Advertiser Index
July-August - 44
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