Biosolids–Yard Trimming Composts Increases Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) and Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) Yields

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  • 1 1Texas A&M Univ. Research and Extension Center, Rt. 2 Box 1, Stephenville, TX 76401
  • 2 2Univ. of Florida, Agricultural Research and Education Center, 2100 S. Rock Rd., Ft. Pierce, FL 34945

Composts may improve crop growth in sandy soils. A biosolids-yard trimming compost (C) was incorporated into sandy soil at 134 t·ha–1 (49.7% moisture) before applying polyethylene mulch. Fertilizer (F) was applied at 0%, 50%, and 100% of the grower's rate (71N–39P–44K t·ha–1 broadcast and 283N–278K t·ha–1 banded in bed centers). `Elisa' pepper transplants were planted 20 Jan. 1994. Marketable fruit weights were 20, 31, and 32 t·ha–1 without C and 30, 35, and 32 t·ha–1 with C for 0%, 50%, and 100% F, respectively. Pepper fruit weights increased with increasing F rates and were higher in plots with C than without C. Without removing mulch, `Thunder' cucumbers were seeded on 26 Sept. 1994. Marketable fruit weights were similar at the three F levels, but were 23 and 27 t·ha–1 without and with C, respectively. One application of C significantly increased bell pepper yields and a subsequent cucumber crop.

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