Vegetable cultivar selection is an important factor in a farm operation. It is the first step of an integrated pest management (IPM) program and should help growers overcome challenges created by the weather variability in Alabama. Growing system, climate, soil, disease, insects, weeds, maturity date, yield, fruit quality, and costumer demands are all factors that growers should account for when selecting a cultivar. All of these factors will ultimately lead to profitability for growers.
The Alabama Vegetable Cultivars Handbook includes the most current list of cultivars of vegetable crops tested in the environmental conditions of Alabama. Growers can use the handbook to determine the optimum cultivar according to their needs.
Chapter 1: Vegetable Seasons in Alabama
Many vegetables can be grown in Alabama’s climate. However, planting dates vary depending on the region of the state. The following chapter lays out planting dates by region, row spacing, and days to maturity in a simple-to-read table.
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Chapter 2: Vegetable Seedlings Production
Healthy seedlings are critical to the success of any vegetable crop. But growers should consider certain factors when purchasing or growing transplants. Growing seedlings demands good care, including the proper selection of growing containers and soilless media, also known as potting mix; maintenance of adequate irrigation and fertilization; management of air temperature; and hardening off, which is the acclimation of seedlings to field conditions. Growing healthy starter plants indoors requires particular care. Follow these guidelines for producing thriving transplants for your garden.
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Chapter 3: Cultivar Selection
- Cultivar Selection for Acorn Squash Production
- Lettuce Cultivars for High Tunnel Systems
- Lettuce Cultivars for Open-Field Conventional Systems
- Lettuce Cultivars for Open-Field Organic Systems
- Broccoli Cultivars for Spring Production
- Broccoli Cultivars for Fall Production
- Pumpkin Cultivars
- Specialty Pepper Cultivars
- Sweet Corn Cultivars for Spring Production
- Sweet Corn Cultivars for Fall Production
- Tomato Cultivars for Spring Production
- Tomato Cultivars for Fall Production
Chapter 4: Post Harvest Management
Chapter 5: Food Safety