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Research Project: Influence of Cultural Paractices on Vegetable Production

Location: Sugarcane Research

2013 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this agreement is to continue ongoing research investigating the influence of cultural practices on vegetable production. The vegetable crops investigated in the research will include cucurbits, peppers, and onions. The cultural practices will include planting systems, organic and synthetic herbicides, natural and plastic mulches, cover and rotational crops, and chemical and non-chemical means of insect control.

1b. Approach (from AD-416):
ARS scientist will continue to provide design input in the areas of planting systems, cover and rotational crops, and organic and synthetic weed control practices. Oklahoma State University's (OSU) cooperator will provide design input concerning variety selection, and mulching and insect weed control treatments. Cooperator will conduct the experiments at OSU's, Wes Watkins Research Farm, Lane, Oklahoma. ARS scientist will serve as an advisor concerning the analysis and reporting of the research.

3. Progress Report:
The objective of the agreement is to continue research investigating the influence of cultural practices on vegetable production. This year’s experiments investigated cultural practices related to planting systems, organic vegetable production, and rotational crops. The experiments were conducted at Oklahoma State University (OSU)'s Wes Watkins Research Farm in Lane, Oklahoma, in cooperation with OSU scientists and with field support from the location farm team. This year’s research will be reported through OSU extension meetings and the Oklahoma and Arkansas Horticultural Industries Show. The information gleaned from the research will provide vegetable producers with viable options for increasing revenues, by either an increase in production or a reduction in costs.

4. Accomplishments