Evaluation of a Bulk Planting System for Low-cost Seeding of Cabbage

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  • 1 Professor, Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Highway, Hammond, LA, 70403.
  • 2 Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department/Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Highway, Hammond, LA, 70403.

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. Capitata) was direct-seeded with a precision seeder or with a bulk seeder. Treatments with the bulk seeder consisted of blending viable, hybrid cabbage seed with nonviable, open-pollinated seed at several ratios to reduce the cost of planting hybrid seed. The study demonstrated that farmers with small acreages can obtain equivalent net income per acre using bulk seeders compared to using more expensive precision seeders. The study also showed that the additional cost per acre of a precision seeder is small compared to other input costs (for the acreage assumptions used here). Low percentages of hybrid seed in the bulk seeder (10% to 50%) were not economical. Precision seeding to a stand reduced the need for thinning labor and resulted in equivalent yields and net income.

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