Project objectives from proposal:
In 28x144’ tunnel we will plant 3 rows of indeterminate greenhouse tomatoes and one row determinate tomatoes. Varieties will be blocked and replicated 4 times. Varieties will be randomized within blocks. Harvests from these plants will be recorded by date, weight and grade. An economic analysis will compare the economic difference between determinant and indeterminate varieties for high tunnel production.
Outreach to extend what is learned through the project will take place with a tunnel walk through in late summer at the cooperating farm and farm visits. A publication on the project will be directly mailed to all hothouse tomato growers in the region. A copy will be added to the grower’s resource library at the Finger Lakes Produce Auction. The Auction’s annual winter grower’s meeting will feature a power point presentation on the project. This research would be a piece of a future hot-house tomato production guide, developed for family-farms.