Location: Vegetable Crops Research
Project Number: 5090-21000-062-19-A
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: May 28, 2012
End Date: Jul 31, 2016
Develop carrot breeding stocks for production in organic agriculture systems with improved nutritional value, trial carrots in diverse growing locations, and release germplasm to the seed industry. Evaluate microflora and nutrient differences of conventional and organic systems.
a) Plant carrot seed with elite nematode and alternaria resistance and weed tolerance for testing in conventional and organic fields, three replicates each entry. b) Evaluate seedling emergence. c) Hand weed organic plots as needed; control weeds in conventional trials. d) Evaluate top size of each entry at one month, 3 months, and harvest. e) Harvest crop and provide root samples to PI's lab. f) Analyze soil physical, chemical, and biological characteristics for samples from all trial sites.