Saturday, August 27, 2011

PLFP Specialty Crop Tour

So last Wednesday's PLFP tour of the NCRS also included a look at fertilizer research of specialty crops. Brian, Dan and Tim hosted that event. Below Brian talks about the potato plots. You can see that they are getting close to harvest. In fact, yesterday the vine killing application was made. Another stop looked at the cole crops: cauliflower and broccoli. The cauliflower harvest has been completed previously, but Dan is still stretching the broccoli production to see how long it will go.
Here we see Brian and Dan demonstrating the backpack air blast sprayer. It is used extensively for fertilizer application as well as for disease and pest control.

The tour also included the now famous melon taste test of cantaloupes and watermelons from both Liquid and conventional fertilizer programs. There is a difference.

Here is a stop at the vineyard, which also contains other perennial crops like blueberries and landscape trees. This year will be the first grape harvest for the NCRS.

And that wrapped up the tours for this week, but more to follow....