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Louisiana watermelons
Results of Seedless Watermelon Variety Demonstration Plots, Summer of 2009
The results of demonstration plots of 16 seedless watermelon varieties planted at six locations across the state.
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.
commercial vegetable production
Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations
This publication contains 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.
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.
older offset vegetable tractor
Tractors for Vegetable Production
Vegetable growers have many choices in tractors, ranging from older, smaller tractors to large, new tractors. Many are designed specifically for vegetable work.
Shaping precision beds
Precision Cultural System (PCS) for Commercial Vegetable Crops
Growing commercial vegetables is different from growing agronomic crops and requires a different approach to equipment. A precision cultural system (PCS) developed by the LSU AgCenter can make commercial vegetable production much easier.
Plans for Pan Type Bed Shapers
Plans for Pan-type Bed Shapers
Bed shapers are available in pan-type and spool-type versions. Pan-type bed shapers are easy to make in a farm shop. These plans will show you how to build one.
Metering unit for belt seeder
Belt Seeders for Commercial Vegetable Crops
Many years of testing at the LSU AgCenter have demonstrated that precision belt seeders deliver the best seed spacing uniformity of any type of vegetable seeder – if the seeds are spherical (round) or nearly so. Belt seeders are versatile and can meter a wide range of seed types and sizes.
BHN 216 Hot Set Tomato Variety
Performance of Hot-Set Tomato Varieties in Louisiana: Summer & Fall, 2006
Results of hot-set tomato variety demonstration plots in Lousiana in the summer/fall of 2006.
Summer Flavor 710
Watermelon Variety Demonstration Plots in 2008
Eighteen varieties of watermelon were planted at three locations in Louisiana in the summer of 2008. The varieties were evaluated for yield , shape, weight of melons, foliage degree of sunburning, rind color, rind thickness, flesh clor, seed color, seed size, size of seed cavity and soluble solids.
Roller for 80 Inch Bed
Plans for Spool-type Bed Shapers
Bed shapers are available in pan-type and spool-type versions. Spool-type bed shapers are not readily available on a commercial basis, but can easily be constructed. These plans provide designs and dimensions for spool-type bed shapers to fit several row sizes and configurations. The designs can easily be adjusted to accommodate different row sizes or multiple rows.
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.
White Granex
The Evaluation of Onion Varieties at the Burden Research Center, Baton Rouge, La., in the Spring of 2008.
Twelve onion varieties were planted in replicated plots at the Burden Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA in January of 2008. Plants were obatined from Bland Farms, Glennville, GA, Dixondale Farms, Carrizo Springs, TX and Dietrich Gembler, Knippa, TX. The varietes were evaluated for maturity, yield, bulb size, bulb shape, degree of bolting, degree of double bulbs and tast
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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