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Alan W. McKeown*, Mary Ruth McDonald, Cathy J. Bakker, and Kevin Vander Kooi

Chives, (Allium schoenoprasum) consumption and production are increasing in Ontario. Rust (Puccinia allii F. Rudolphi) has been a problem with some chive cultivars for some growers, and in Ontario, basic information on production is nonexistent. The objectives were to identify cultivars with high yields, disease resistance and winter survivability. Plantings of six cultivars of chives were established in 2002 and 2003 in two contrasting environments, on organic (Kettleby) and mineral (Simcoe) soils; and one cultivar of garlic chives (A. tuberosum) at Kettleby. Leaves were harvested to a length of 30 cm, weighed and assessed for visible signs of rust. In Spring 2003, the number of dead plants was recorded to determine the overwinter survivability of each cultivar. Performance varied among cultivars and between locations. In Simcoe, Staro produced the highest yield in 2002 while generic (unnamed) chives produced the highest yield in the second year. In Kettleby, yield was similar among cultivars in 2002 but in 2003 generic chives produced the highest yield. Overwinter survival also varied between locations and second season yields were much higher in Kettleby. Less snow cover and subsequent winter injury is a possible explanation for the lower yields and poorer winter survival in Simcoe. No symptoms of rust were found in either location. Chives are a viable crop in Ontario, and appear to have different adaptability to regional soils and climates.

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D. M. Glenn and W. V. Welker

The effect of ground covers on water uptake was studied using peach trees grown in a 4-part split root system. In 1992, one section of the root system was in bare soil and 3 sections were in combination with `K-31' tall fescue. In 1993, K-31 was eliminated in 2 additional sections, leaving 1 section in combination with `K-31'. When grass transpiration was suppressed by covering the K-31, tree water uptake/cm of root length was greater in the presence of grass compared to bare soil under well watered conditions. These data indicate that peach trees compensate for interspecific competition by increasing root hydraulic conductivity.

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John M. Rariden and Douglas V. Shaw

Runner plants from 16 strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa Duch.) cultivars were grown using annual Mediterranean production systems to test for differences in productivity, performance traits, and vegetative growth attributes. Genotypes were included from germplasm adapted to four geographic regions: California and northwestern, northeastern, and mid-Atlantic or southeastern United States. The California genotypes were divided further into day-neutral and June-bearing categories. With these treatments, California cultivars had significantly larger plants and grew more rapidly during the fall and winter, had larger fruit, and produced at least twice the quantity of fruit of cultivars from the other regions. Variance components due to region explained 64% and 26% of the phenotypic variance for early and total yield, respectively, whereas differences among cultivars within regions explained 12% and 7% of the variance for these traits. Cultivars from all regions had significantly larger plants and were more productive when treated with 3 weeks of artificial vernalization. However, region × vernalization effects were nonsignificant for all traits, a result suggesting that selection in Mediterranean environments has not adapted germplasm specifically for low vernalization conditions.

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P. Revilla, V.M. Rodríguez, R.A. Malvar, A. Butrón, and A. Ordás

Four sweet corn (Zea mays L.) heterotic patterns have been reported among sugary1 (su1) open-pollinated cultivars: two among sweet corn cultivars (`Golden Bantam' × `Country Gentleman' and `Golden Bantam' × `Stowell's Evergreen'), one related to the `Reid' × `Lancaster' field corn heterotic pattern (`NE-HY-13A' × `NE-HY-13B'), and one related to the northern × southern Spain field corn heterotic pattern (`EPS31' × `EPS32'). The objective of this research was to compare the performance of sweet corn heterotic patterns. The four crosses and their seven parents were evaluated in 2 years, at two environments in northwestern Spain, as well as in a cold chamber. `Golden Bantam' × `Stowell's Evergreen' and `Golden Bantam' × `Country Gentleman' had poorer agronomic performance and better ear quality than `NE-HY-13A' × `NE-HY-13B' and `EPS31' × `EPS32'. `Golden Bantam' × `Stowell's Evergreen' had the best cold tolerance in the cold chamber. Earliness, emergence, and early vigor were higher for `EPS31' × `EPS32', related to the northern × southern Spain field corn heterotic pattern. Heterosis was positive and significant for several traits for `Golden Bantam' × `Stowell's Evergreen' and `Golden Bantam' × `Country Gentleman,' while heterosis was not significant for `NE-HY-13A' × `NE-HY-13B' and `EPS31' × `EPS32'. The objective of capitalizing on the `Reid' × `Lancaster' and the northern × southern Spain field corn heterotic patterns for improving sweet corn has failed. We believe that heterosis is lost when field corn heterotic patterns are combined with sweet corn, due to incompatibility in gene combination among sweet and field corn genetic backgrounds.

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Ed Kee

Mechanically harvested pickling cucumbers are a once-over destructive harvest system. Gynoecious hybrids are planted at high populations to obtain high yields and to concentrate maturity. Population, row width, plant spacing, and uniform emergence all affect yield and maturity. 65,000 plants/acre in 26 inch rows were found to optimize yield and provide the highest percentage of fruit at the desired uniform size.

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Jonathan P. Lynch and Stephen E. Beebe

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Mary Ruth McDonald*, Kevin Vander Kooi, Cathy Bakker, and Alan McKeown

Globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.) is a high value cool season crop which requires vernalization to induce flower formation. The climate in Ontario does not allow for survival of perennial cultivars or for consistent natural vernalization of annuals. Three methods of vernalization were tested: a controlled environment chamber, a lighted cold storage, or GA3 application in the field. Plants, cv. Green Globe Improved, were grown in a greenhouse set at 25 °C day temperature in 72-cell Styro-foam trays in a peat mix. At 4 weeks, plants receiving vernalization were transferred to growth chambers, or lighted coolers (four standard 8 foot cool white fluorescent lamps) at 10 °C for two weeks. The others stayed in the greenhouse. GA3 treatments (PROGIB, 15 g ai/ha) were applied at 2, 4 and 6 weeks after transplanting. Cultivars Green Globe Improved, Imperial Star, Emerald, and Large Green Globe were evaluated in separate trials. Trials were conducted at Simcoe, on coarse sand in a high heat area, and Kettleby, on organic soils in a cooler area of Ontario. Shortly after planting at Simcoe several 30 °C days occurred which devernalized and injured the crop. Artichokes grew well at the Kettleby site. Vernalization in the growth chamber was most effective and resulted in the earliest bud formation and highest total yield (1503 cases/ha). Large Green Globe was not well adapted to Ontario conditions. Imperial Star and Emerald produced the highest yields, 2180 and 1779 cases/ha, respectively. Globe artichokes can be grown successfully as an annual crop in cool production areas of Ontario.

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J.M. Lyman

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Thirty-six climbing accessions of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) were grown on trellises with minimal chemical inputs in 5 trials at 4 Colombian sites. Mean dry-seed yield of all accessions at all 4 sites was 2.6 mt/ha. Mean yield at the least favorable site was 1.7 mt/ha; at the most favorable site it was 4.8 mt/ha. Although growth was affected adversely on a soil with pH 4.2, the mean yield was 2.5 mt/ha. Mean daily dry-seed productivity rates of all accessions ranged from 15.1 kg/ha/day to 44.1 kg/ha/day for the several locations, in some cases exceeding rates reported for common beans and other legumes at the same location. Mean yield and number of pods per plant varied significantly among sites, dependent upon temperature and soil differences. Days to flower and to dry-seed harvest were relatively stable traits. No relationship was found between yield and seed-coat color. Production constraints were rainfall distribution and acid, phosphorus-deficient soils. These studies demonstrated high productivity of lima beans under adverse and favorable climatic and soil conditions in Colombia

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D. H. Wallace and G. A. Enriquez

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Starting from daylength (DL) × temperature (T) environments combining short or intermediate DL with low or intermediate T, days to first flower (FF) of beans was progressively decreased as the duration of T was extended and/or as T was raised to intermediate levels. This universal temperature response caused 13 to 22 day decreases, under both 3° and 6°C night temperature/day temperature (NT/DT) difference, for both early and late maturing lines. The decrease in days to FF that appeared to result from extending DL was due to the attendant and simultaneous extending of the duration of DT and decreasing of the duration of NT. Starting from environments combining intermediate to longest DLs with intermediate to highest Ts, which environments had the fewest days to FF, on the contrary, increases in days to FF occurred as DL was further extended and/or as T was further raised. This photoperiod-temperature response (Pp-T response) caused 2 to 5 day increases in days to FF for early-maturing photoperiod-insensitive lines, and 10 fold larger increases of 40 to 53 days for late-maturing, photoperiod-sensitive lines. The gene(s) conditioning the late-maturing, photoperiod-sensitive phenotype, therefore, caused a 10-fold increase in the days of delay to FF, i.e. of a Pp-T response that is weakly expressed in the early-maturing photoperiod-insensitive genotype. The Pp-T responses of the photoperiod insensitive and sensitive genotypes were both half as large, 0 to 4 and 17 to 29 days, respectively, when the NT/DT difference was 3° rather than 6°C; there was also a requirement for a higher T to activate the Pp-T response. This commonly called photoperiod response, was called the Pp-T response because it was altered as much by T as by DL.