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The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station announces the release of ‘Fall Green’ spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.). ‘Fall Green’ offers the potential of a high level of resistance to many of the common, destructive spinach diseases.
Two Arkansas breeding lines, 2 USDA breeding lines, and 2 commercial cultivars were evaluated for resistance to fruit rot caused by Rhizoctonia solani Kuehn. Each line or cultivar was field evaluated for the percentage of rot of fruit touching the ground and for yield. Arkansas breeding lines and USDA breeding line 79B 888-3 had the lowest percentage of rot and the highest yield, whereas the commercial cultivars and USDA 79B 823-3 had the highest percentages of rot and the lowest yields. The use of Ethephon at 500 ppm significantly decreased the percentage of rot in the field and increased yield.
‘Ozark Pink’ VF is an indeterminate, pink-fruited tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) developed at the Univ. of Arkansas to replace ‘Traveler 76’ (2), which is susceptible to verticillium wilt. ‘Ozark Pink’ provides the excellent flavor quality of traditional Arkansas pink tomatoes with improved fruit size and disease resistance over ‘Traveler 76’. Fruits also are larger and firmer than ‘VF Pink’ (3), which was grown primarily in southeastern Arkansas. ‘Ozark Pink’ is adapted to stake culture and vine-ripe harvest for local market, shipping short distances and for home gardens throughout Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain area. Pink cultivars remain the most popular type sold as bedding plants and at roadside stands in Arkansas, although part of the commercial acreage now grows red-fruited cultivars.