Grower Contributions to the Early Stages of Crop Nutrient Trials with Vegetables

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  • 1 1Dade Co. Ext. Serv., Homestead, Fla.
  • | 2 2Univ. of Florida, Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead, Fla.
  • | 3 3Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Trials to determine crop nutrients for four vegetable crops grown on the limestone soils of Dade County, Fla., have been conducted in growers' fields to duplicate commercial growing conditions. This has increased grower participation in the experimental process. The four vegetable crops are snap beans, Irish potatoes, sweet corn, and malanga (a.k.a. yautia or tannia, Xanthosoma sagittifolium Schott). The discussion will focus on grower participation in various critical decision-making activities: a) location of plots in a commercial field, b) placement of fertilizers, c) possible problems with Restricted Entry Intervals, d) harvest determinations, and e) grading criteria and quality assessment.

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