215 THE INFLUENCE OF SWEETPOTATO WHITEFLY MANAGEMENT AND POTASSIUM FERTILIZATION ON YIELD AND IRREGULAR RIPENING OF TOMATO

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  • 1 University of Florida, IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Bradenton, FL 34203

Two insecticidal spray frequencies, 0 and 3x per week, against the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci Gennadius, were evaluated at three K rates, 190, 380 and 760 kg.ha-1, for their effect on whitefly population, fruit yield and incidence of irregular ripening on tomato, Lycopersicon esculentum Mill., cv. Sunny. Whitefly populations were reduced with three weekly sprays, but not by K rates. Early yields were best with three weekly sprays and with the highest K rate. For the season, yield of extra large (≥ 70 mm diameter) fruit was reduced with three weekly sprays and with increasing K rates. Proportions of irregularly ripened fruits were similar with either spray frequency, but were reduced at the highest K rate.

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