Performance of Selected Carrot Cultivars in North Dakota

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  • 1 Dept. of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State Univ., Fargo, ND 58105

The Red River valley and surrounding areas of North Dakota are ideal sites for growing high-quality carrots for fresh-market, processing, and dehydrated products. The results of cultivar trials performed for the past 3 years indicate that from 20 to 50 ton/acre of fresh carrots can be produced with or without irrigation in this region. The average sizes of individual carrots are big (260 to 310 g/root) due to high daytime temperatures and large diurnal temperature fluctuations during the growing season. In 1994, the highest yielding carrot cultivars were `Toudo', `Danvers 126', `Delmar', `Babbette', and `Beta III' when evaluated near Absaraka, N.D. Cultivars with highest sugar contents were `Sweetness', `Apache', `Presto', `Comanche', and `Navajo'. A summary of 2-year data on the yield and quality of carrots grown in North Dakota is presented.

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