Fruits and vegetables are Georgia's number-two cash crop, and the popularity of commodities like tomatoes, squash and fresh greens even extends further than commercial production.

Vegetables are an ever-important commodity, and UGA Extension provides both farmers and home gardeners a variety of information to help have the best output with the least amount of labor possible.

For information about home garden vegetables, see our Lawn & Garden Fruits and Vegetables section.

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Popular Publications
  • Home Garden Series: Vegetable Garden Calendar (C 943) The recommendations in this circular are based on long-term average dates of the last killing frost in the spring and first killing frost in the fall. Every year does not conform to the "average," so you should use your own judgment about advancing or delaying the time for each job, depending on weather conditions.
  • Commercial Tomato Production Handbook (B 1312) This publication is a joint effort of the seven disciplines that comprise the Georgia Vegetable Team. It is comprised of 14 topics on tomato, including history of tomato production, cultural practices, pest management, harvesting, handling and marketing. This publication provides information that will assist producers in improving the profitability of tomato production, whether they are new or experienced producers.
  • Weights and Processed Yields of Fruits and Vegetables (C 780) Marketing fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, roadside markets, and pick-your-own farms is an important and growing method of marketing. However, many of the containers used are not practical for consumers.
  • Vegetable Gardening in Georgia (C 963) When space is limited, a plentiful supply of crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and okra can be grown with a few properly cared-for plants.
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UGA-affiliated sites

Commercial Vegetables at UGA Production and market information about vegetables grown in Georgia.

Statewide Variety Testing Provides annual performance testing results on several commodities including canola, small grains and forage, corn and silage, and field crops.

Vegetable Blog Updates on current vegetable production issues in Georgia.

Impact Statements: Commercial Vegetables Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices in this area.

UGA Department of Horticulture Learn more about the horticulture department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Department of Plant Pathology Learn more about the plant pathology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Provides programs and services designed to increase production efficiencies, provide educational opportunities, promote new markets, monitor legislation, encourage applied research, and improve communications among GFVGA members and industry suppliers.

We're Here To Help Contact your local UGA Extension office to find out how our team of county agents can assist you.
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Commercial Vegetables at UGA Production and market information about vegetables grown in Georgia from UGA researchers.
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  • SIRP Field Day Irrigation research in crops like cotton, peanuts, soybeans and corn will highlight day. Published: 07/20/17
  • Burrower Bug USDA Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program allocated $324,615 to UGA research. Published: 07/18/17
  • Fusarium Wilt UGA's Bhabesh Dutta encouraged by first round of research trials testing fumigation against fusarium wilt. Published: 06/06/17
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Top Producers
County Name Value
Colquitt $473,233,569
Madison 452,121,098
Hart 445,358,748
Franklin 401,762,962
Mitchell 356,112,652
Jackson 323,172,205
Tattnall 322,139,619
Macon 294,711,849
Decatur 282,226,107
Hall 280,710,574
State Total: $13,838,993,517

Displaying farm gate values for 2015. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.