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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture with Added Grower and Consumer Value

Location: Vegetable Crops Research Unit

2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
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. Grow carrot trials under conventional and organic practices in California.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
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, three months, and harvest.

e) Harvest crop and provide root samples to PI's lab.


3.Progress Report:

This project was renumbered from 3655-21000-048-41A to 3655-21000-062-15A. Organic and conventional field plots were planted and grown over the winter season in Kern county using standard field management practices acceptable for both management systems. Field trialing produced carrots suitable for harvest as expected, harvest variables for top and root characters were tabulated and harvested roots were sent to Wisconsin for quality testing. This research relates to the objective "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. Grow carrot trials under conventional and organic practices in California" by growing carrots under conventional and organic practices and by evaluating growth in these conditions.


Last Modified: 11/23/2014
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