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Delgado, 2009 ). Since cover crops have the potential to affect the N balance of the following crop ( Delgado, 1998 ; Delgado et al., 2001 , 2010 ), this could be one of the factors that could potentially contribute to effects on tuber yields and quality

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determining competency to flower and may affect factors related to crop quality, such as inflorescence size and number of flowers produced per plant ( De Hertogh and Le Nard, 1993 ), but the optimum bulb size for these cultivars has not been determined. The

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; Orzolek, 1996 ). Although these systems can improve vegetable crop yields and quality, the system is also resource and capital-intensive, requiring substantial soil disturbance and tillage. Intensive tillage systems for continuous vegetable production can

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, 2012 ). Thinning is a common agronomical practice to optimize crop load to improve fruit size and quality as well as reducing biennial bearing ( Dennis, 2000 ; Link, 2000 ; Wertheim, 2000 ). Thinning affects the cell number and fruit size ( Bain and

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majority of red raspberry grown in Washington is for processing, not fresh market. Red raspberry is a high-maintenance perennial crop. Growers rely heavily on years of experience and specific management practices to produce high-yielding and high-quality

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such as manure or compost to chemically manufactured synthetic fertilizers over the past 60 to 70 years, there has been much debate about the effect that these nutrient sources have on crop and soil quality. In a review over 30 years ago on this subject

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A successful cultivar in any horticultural food crop must meet minimal criteria for numerous traits that are currently or potentially valued in the marketplace. Consumer purchases are stimulated based on “quality” traits innate to the food such as

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calculated as 7.3 °C and 5.5 °C for petunia ‘Easy Wave Coral Reef’ and ‘Wave Purple’, respectively ( Blanchard et al., 2011a ). In addition to influencing crop timing, temperature also influences crop quality parameters, such as flower production, branching

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water demand, resulting in greater yields, crop quality, and enhanced water use efficiency ( Piccinni et al., 2009 ). Subsurface drip irrigation allows the application of small amounts of water to the soil through drippers placed directly in the root

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” years is biologically efficacious, but use in heavy crop-load “on” years appears to be without benefit to either nut yield or quality. Materials and Methods Orchard characteristics. The study orchard was located near Valdosta, GA, a humid climatic zone

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