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Vegetables: Characteristics, Production, and Marketing



Vegetables: Characteristics, Production, and Marketing

Lincoln C. Peirce

ISBN: 978-0-471-85022-9 May 1987 448 Pages


Describes the techniques and fundamental concepts underlying the production and marketing of vegetable crops, particularly those crops that contribute to the commercial vitality of the vegetable industry in the western hemisphere. Covers resources -- natural, biological and economic -- that are fundamental to successful crop production, as well as the vegetable management systems that integrate these resources. Also includes specific information on each of the major vegetable crops, such as history, botanical characteristics, production techniques, pests, harvesting, and marketing. In addition, it provides discussions of social conflicts and problems that arise from water and land use practices, pesticide application, and conservation.
The Vegetable Industry.

Labor, Mechanization, and Production Efficiency.

The Plant and Its Environment.

Modifying Plant Environment.

Tillage and Crop Establishment.

Pest Management.

Alternative Production Systems.

Quality Control and Marketing.

Classification of Vegetables.

Perennial Crops.

Potherbs or Greens.

Cole Crops.

Leafy Salad Crops.

Root Crops.


Tuber and Tuberous Rooted Crops.

Solanaceous Crops.



Sweet Corn.

Miscellaneous Vegetables.