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Tomato. Seedbed Preparation. Primary tillage – rip, disc, laser level if needed Secondary tillage – land plane, seed bed prep, pre-emergent herbicides. Fertilizer – after soil samples apply as needed. Fumigation – Prior to planting. Planting. Start in March

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seedbed preparation
Seedbed Preparation
  • Primary tillage – rip, disc, laser level if needed
  • Secondary tillage – land plane, seed bed prep, pre-emergent herbicides.
  • Fertilizer – after soil samples apply as needed.
  • Fumigation – Prior to planting.
planting
Planting
  • Start in March
  • Finish in September – Fresh Market
  • Plant spacing – single row every 8” and double row every 16”
  • Row spacing – personal preference, single row or double row, 66” to 80”
  • Seed or transplants – seed at 1/3 lb per acre.
  • Determinant or Nondeterminat
fertilization
Fertilization
  • Broadcast
  • Water
  • Side dress
  • Nitrogen = 175
  • Phosphorus = 120
  • Potassium = 175
cultivation
Cultivation
  • Hand or Mechanical
  • When plants are young
  • Normally 2 times during the season.
thinning
Thinning
  • If planted by seed.
irrigation
Irrigation
  • Tomato’s take 2 ½ to 3 acre feet of water on a flood system.
  • They can take 3 to 3 ½ acre feet on a drip system.
  • Drip is buried 14” below ground and can last up to 5 years.
  • Irrigate every 8 to 10 days as the plants needs the water
h arvesting
Harvesting
  • Fresh Market – Hand picked
  • Processing – Machine
    • Electronic eye