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Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations
Recommendations for commercial production of vegetables ranging from artichokes, asparagus and beets to strawberries, tomatoes and watermelons. Among its guidelines for more than 30 different vegetables are recommended seeding rates, planting dates and varieties. It also includes information about days from planting to harvest, the approximate time from pollination to market and optimum soil temperatures for the various vegetables covered in this guidebook. (PDF Format Only)
Results of TSWV-resistant Tomato Variety Demonstration Plots in 2009
Results of 11 TSWV-resistant tomato varieties planted at seven different locations across Louisiana in the summer of 2009.
Table 1. Broccoli Germination Rates
LSU AgCenter Broccoli Variety Trials 2013-2015
Information broccoli varieties grown in southern Louisiana.
Commercial Growing of Greenhouse Tomatoes
Commercial Growing of Greenhouse Tomatoes
This publication includes information on soil preparation, fertilization, training, pruning, nutrient solutions, pollination, harvesting, marketing, and insect and disease control for greenhouse tomatoes. (PDF Format Only)
Plastic mulch lifter
Removing and Collecting Plastic Mulch
The use of plastic mulch is a common practice for strawberry and vegetable growers, but there are two major problems with plastic mulch: it is expensive to install and at some point it has to be removed from the field. Several machines are available that help simplify the removal of the mulch.
bulk metering planter
Vegetable Seeders
There is a wide range of seeder types and models available for direct seeding vegetable crops. Smaller growers typically use the less expensive seeders; larger growers can justify more expensive precision seeders.
Openers for Stanhay seeder
Openers, Coverers and Presswheels for Precision Vegetable Seeders
All vegetable seeders require openers, coverers and presswheels to provide a furrow for the seeds and to then cover the seeds and assure proper soil contact. These devices must be matched to the soil type and condition for optimum germination and seedling vigor.
Precision cultivation using cone guide wheels
Precision Sweep Cultivation for Vegetable Crops
Cultivation is essential for nearly all commercial vegetable crops since herbicide choices are limited and vegetable crops cannot tolerate much weed competition. A basic sweep cultivator can do an excellent job of precision cultivation if set up and equipped properly.
Selling Your Greenhouse Tomatoes
Selling Your Greenhouse Tomatoes
Greenhouse tomatoes are about a $2.2 million business in Louisiana, assuming growers can sell what they produce for a profit. Learn the secrets of turning a profit from your tomatoes. (PDF Format Only)
Produce Marketing
Tune Up Your Produce Marketing
Good marketing is the process of fulfilling the objectives of both the buyer and the seller. The factors you have some control over are the 4 Ps of product, price, placement and promotion. Here are some tips to help you tune up your produce marketing plan. (PDF Format Only)
High-speed straight tines for cultivator
High-speed Precision Cultivation of Vegetable Crops
A basic sweep cultivator can do an excellent job of cultivating vegetable crops but must be run slowly (1-2 mph) when the crop plants are small. A simple modification to a sweep cultivator allows high-speed cultivation of small vegetable crops.
plate with blocked cells
Recommendations for Optimal Use of a Garden Seeder
A seeder can be a tremendous aid in planting a vegetable garden. With it, you can stand and walk along the row pushing a seeder instead of having to make a furrow with a hoe, going back along the row bent over dropping seeds, and then covering and packing the row.
rusted and pitted hydraulic cylinder
Protect Your Hydraulic Cylinders from Rust
A common problem with hydraulic cylinders is rust and pitting of the cylinder rods. If equipment that incorporates hydraulic cylinders is stored outside with the cylinder rods extended, the rods are exposed to weathering. Eventually, the rods will begin to show specks of rust that develop into pits. Once rusting and pitting occur, the rod will destroy the cylinder seal the next time it is activated.
spout on pendulum spreader
Pendulum-action Spreaders for Commercial Vegetables
Most commercial vegetable growers apply granular fertilizer in a preplant operation, and many also make sidedress applications of granular fertilizer. An excellent way to apply granular materials in either a broadcast or banding mode is with a pendulum-action spreader.
Research May Reduce Cost Of Growing Tomatoes In Greenhouses
BOSSIER CITY – Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse may be less costly in the future. Dr. H.Y. Hanna, an LSU AgCenter scientist working at the Red River Research Station in Bossier City, is studying how spacing between bags that hold the plants affects the amount of heat required to produce tomatoes in greenhouses.
vacuum seeder
Vacuum Seeders for Commercial Vegetable Crops
Vacuum seeders are popular among larger commercial vegetable growers. They do a good job of singulating most vegetable seeds. They are especially useful for singulating the oddly shaped seeds that cause problems for most other types of seeders.
Plans for a Mulch Collector
Plans for a Machine to Collect Plastic Mulch
The use of plastic mulch is a common practice for strawberry and vegetable growers, but there are two major problems with plastic mulch: It is expensive to install and at some point it has to be removed from the field. Drawings are available to use in building a mulch collector. This machine allows easier retrieval of the used mulch.
Revolution Bell Pepper
Results of Bell Pepper Variety Demonstration Plots in the Summer of 2005
The performance of 23 bell pepper varieties were evaluated at the Citrus Research Station, Port Sulphur, LA, Jack Liuzza and Sons Farms, Independence, and at David Ritcher Farms in Sunset, LA.
Good watermelon crop
Results of Seeded Watermelons Variety Demonstration Plot in the Summer of 2008
Eighteen varieties of seeded watermelons were planted at three locations in the spring of 2008. The melons were evaluated at each location. The information was analyzed and the top varieties were selected.
Bedding prior to bed shaping
Precision Bed Shaping for Commercial Vegetable Production
A key component of a precision cultural system is precision bed shaping. A precisely shaped bed is essential to locate the crop row properly when planting and to provide a basis for guidance of subsequent operations.
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