Presentation on theme: "Cucumber Cropping Systems: Impacts on Weeds, Yield and Fruit Quality Ohio GLVWG Feb 24, 2005 Mathieu Ngouajio."— Presentation transcript:
Cucumber Cropping Systems: Impacts on Weeds, Yield and Fruit Quality Ohio GLVWG Feb 24, 2005 Mathieu Ngouajio
2003 production in 1000 tons 2003 U.S. acreage: 119,000 A Total Value: $178 million
oWide row spacing is one of the strategies proposed for management of Phytophthora in pickles Wide rows oDecrease relative humidity within the plant canopy oAllow the soil to dry faster oLow plant Population oLow Yield?
GrowerRow spacing (inches) In row spacing (inches) Plant population (plants/acre) 1116.0 89,000 2*143.0150,000 3184.8 72,000 4304.7 45,000 5306.0 35,000 * Data from Research Station Row spacing and plant populations used for machine harvest cucumbers in Michigan Spacing used in Michigan: 11 to 30 inch rows Plant populations: 35,000 to 150,000 plants/acre
Row spacing used in other states StateRow spacing (inches) In row spacing (inches) Plant population (plants/acre) Kentucky12-284-637,000-130,000 Maryland20-282-375,000-150,000 North Carolina24-283-545,000- 87,000 Oregon18-302-475,000-120,000 Michigan11-303-635,000-150,000 Ohio36-482-345,000-87,000 Is the Ohio Information accurate? Source: Crop profiles mainly
Row spacing varies: From State to State From grower to grower within a State Rows are: Narrower for machine harvest Wider for hand pick cucumbers oLow plant Population oLow Yield?
Is it possible to increase row spacing (reduce populations) and maintain acceptable yield and fruit quality?
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