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field testing

Posted by Napapen ca 15 (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 22, 04 at 0:22

One of the programs we have in Napa is field testing. It has become very popular and we just finished the final reports on our egg plant field test this year. We grew 20 eggplant of 5 varieties in each garden. They had to be planted randomly and by number. Each plant was measured once a month for height and width. As the fruit ripened we weighed the total and number of each harvest. We had an event where we had cooked eggplant dishes and a taste test of each variety with nothing on them. The statistics of each variety from each garden were compiled and recommendations made on which variety over all was the best in home gardens in Napa County. I had a total of 143 eggplant!!

On the best things about these tests are the home visits to check the situation of each garden and how they were planted. Our final public information sheet will tell gardeners that ample watering seems to be of more importance than fertlizier. And that the sun exposure on the plants and the distance apart are very important for growth. We had them too close together in most situations.

It was really a worth while project and the professor who came to review our statistics said we have done more than many of the students in his college ag classes.

We want to do a similar test next year on another crop.


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RE: field testing

Penny, our MG group has a tomato field trial every year that culminates with a tasting test at the county fair. Jet Star wins every year. Sounds like you have a more meaningful field demonstration.


RE: field testing

We've done onions, carrots, brocelli, tomatos, bell peppers, potatoes, melons, etc. This year was the most extensive and while it was more work it did reach some major conclusions for the Napa County microclimates. I look forward to what ever is decided for next spring/summer.


RE: field testing

It would seem that the results of your field trials should be a very valuable service to the comercial grower as well as to the home gardener.

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