Project objectives from proposal:
The Principal Investigators of this project propose to conduct a high tunnel bell pepper variety trial at the cooperating grower’s farm. This project will evaluate colored, bell pepper yields in an unheated, high tunnel on a farm using advanced Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques. Yield data will be recorded for each variety in volume (bushel). For each variety in the trial mean fruit per plant and mean bushel per block will be calculated. Data will be analyzed using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), and treatment means separated using Fishers Least Significant Difference. An economic summary will analyze inputs to return ratios for high tunnel peppers in upstate New York. Disease incidence and severity will be recorded.
An on-farm demonstration meeting will take place during the growing season for other growers to observe first hand production methods and variety differences. A presentation of the results will be made to the 2006 annual Finger Lakes Produce Auction grower’s meeting, the findings posted to the PI’s webpage and published as possible in regional media and trade and professional publications.