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M.M. Gaye, G.W. Eaton, and P.A. Joliffe

The effects of rowcovers and plant architecture on fruit development and spatial distribution were assessed in a study of field-grown bell peppers (Capsicum annuum L. cv. Ace Hybrid). A forced regression procedure indicated that rowcovers advanced anthesis and delayed harvest dates on the lower nodes and increased the duration of maturation (over all branches and nodes). Rowcovers did not influence total fruit yield. Fruit were obtained from as many as nine node locations, but the largest portion of the total yield was obtained from the first five nodes. Fruit frequency declined with later nodes and lateral branches, compared with the main branch. Fruit produced after lateral branch four on uncovered plants were below an acceptable market size. Marketable fruit were obtained from all nodes, with the exception of node six of covered plants.

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Elsa S. Sánchez, Thomas M. Butzler, Steven M. Bogash, Timothy E. Elkner, R. Eric Oesterling, Michael D. Orzolek, and Lee J. Stivers

Board. Green bell peppers were the first crop evaluated. They were selected through a survey of growers attending the 2006 Western Pennsylvania Vegetable and Berry Growers Seminar as being the number one crop on which they wanted research to be conducted

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Peter J. Stoffella, Salvador J. Locascio, Teresa K. Howe, Steve M. Olson, Kenneth D. Shuler, and Charles S. Vavrina

Florida Agricultural Experiment Station Journal Series No. R-03971. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the Florida Bell Pepper Growers' Exchange. The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page

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Luz M. Reyes, Douglas C. Sanders, and Wayne G. Buhler

fertilizers in lettuce ( Lactuca sativa ; Khah and Arvanitoyannis, 2003 ), tomato ( Senthil-Valavan and Kumaresan, 2006 ), and bell pepper ( Wiedenfeld, 1986 ). A slow-release methylene-urea polymer-based liquid N fertilizer, Nitamin ® (Georgia Pacific

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Ravneet K. Sandhu, Nathan S. Boyd, Lincoln Zotarelli, Shinsuke Agehara, and Natalia Peres

Bell pepper ( Capsicum annuum L.) and tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum L.) are warm season vegetable crops extensively grown throughout the United States. The top three states for tomato and bell pepper production are California, Georgia, and

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Mark G. Hutton and David T. Handley

In Maine and other parts of the northeastern United States, there is a consistent, strong market demand for high-quality, locally grown bell peppers. However, optimal temperatures for pepper production are between 60 to 80 °F ( Maynard and Hochmuth

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Amara R. Dunn, Lindsay E. Wyatt, Michael Mazourek, Stephen Reiners, and Christine D. Smart

In the United States, 56,200 acres of bell pepper were planted in 2011, with a total production value of just under $685 million [ U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2012b ]. However, desirable traits vary from region to region, based on a

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Sanjeev K. Bangarwa, Jason K. Norsworthy, and Edward E. Gbur

Bell pepper is an important fresh-market vegetable crop in the southern United States [ U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2008 ]. Weeds are the major limiting factor in bell pepper production, competing for resources and harboring harmful crop

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Bielinski M. Santos, James P. Gilreath, Camille E. Esmel, and Myriam N. Siham

Bell pepper is among the leading vegetable crops in the United States. In 2006, this crop produced a gross value of more than $585 million and was planted in more than 60,000 acres ( U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2007 ). In Florida, bell pepper is

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Rebecca Grube Sideman

supplemental heating. Although tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum ) remains the most widely grown high tunnel crop in northern New England, bell pepper ( Capsicum annuum ) is also commonly grown in high tunnels ( Carey et al., 2009 ; Fitzgerald and Hutton, 2012