Rowcovers Improve Early Season Tomato Production

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  • 1 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Horticulture, Cook College, P.O. Box 231, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.
  • | 2 Progam Associate, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County, CN 900, Morristown, NJ 07960.

`Pilgrim' tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) grown under slitted clear polyethylene or spunbonded polypropylene rowcovers were compared to those with no protection for the effect on yield. Both covers significantly increased early yield in terms of fruit numbers and weight, but no differences were observed in total yields. In addition, no difference was observed in yield between two tomato transplant sizes- 4- to 5-leaf stage and 6- to 7-leaf stage---grown in the same-sized containers. The results from this study indicate that early tomato yield may be enhanced with the use of rowcovers.

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