9780471738282

Knott's Handbook for Vegetable Growers

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  • ISBN13:

    9780471738282

  • ISBN10:

    047173828X

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/13/2006
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Summary

The leading one-stop reference for commercial vegetable growers for more than 50 years Rooted in tradition, branching out to the future. For more than half a century,Knott's Handbook for Vegetable Growers has provided generations of commercial growers with the most timely, accessible, and useful information available on the subject. The Fifth Edition of this highly regarded horticultural mainstay provides readers with the reliable growing and marketing information they've come to expect, while including new and updated material throughout to maintain its relevance in our ever-changing world.Filled with valuable information, largely in the form of tables and charts-from hard statistics on vegetable production and consumption to essential information for today's international markets, such as vegetable botanical names and vegetable names in nine languages-Knott's Handbook is part Farmer's Almanac, part encyclopedia, and part dictionary. It also provides detailed, practical specifics on planting rates, schedules, and spacing; soils and fertilizers; methods for managing crop pests; greenhouse vegetable and crop production; insect pest identification; harvesting and storage; and vegetable marketing.Now available in a new flexible cover designed for ease of use on the desk or in the field, this valuable workhorse features new information on: World vegetable production Best management practices Organic crop production Food safety Pesticide safety Postharvest problems Minimally processed vegetables Plus, hundreds of Web site links related to vegetable information

Author Biography

DONALD N. MAYNARD is an internationally recognized authority on vegetables. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and is a past president of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

GEORGE J. HOCHMUTH is an internationally recognized authority on vegetables, through his previous bimonthly column in American Vegetable Grower and other works on vegetable production. He is Professor of Horticultural Sciences and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Florida.
Both authors have been recognized repeatedly for their contributions to the vegetable industry and are Fellows of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
PART 1---VEGETABLES AND THE VEGETABLE INDUSTRY
1(54)
Botanical Names of Vegetables Names of Vegetables in Nine Languages
Edible Flowers
U.S. Vegetable Production
Consumption of Vegetables in the U.S.
World Vegetable Production
Nutritional Composition of Vegetables
PART 2---PLANT GROWING AND GREENHOUSE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION
55(48)
Transplant Production
Plant Growing Containers
Seeds and Seeding
Temperature and Time Requirements
Plant Growing Mixes
Soil Sterilization
Fertilizing and Irrigating Transplants
Plant Growing Problems
Conditioning Transplants
Additional Transplant Production Websites and References
Greenhouse Crop Production
Cultural Management
Carbon Dioxide Enrichment
Soilless Culture
Nutrient Solutions
Tissue Composition
Additional Sources of Information on Greenhouse Vegetables
PART 3---FIELD PLANTING
103(40)
Temperatures for Vegetables
Scheduling Successive Plantings
Time Required for Seedling Emergence
Seed Requirements
Planting Rates for Large Seeds
Spacing of Vegetables
Precision Seeding
Seed Priming
Vegetative Propagation
Polyethylene Mulches
Row Covers
Windbreaks
Additional Sources of Information on Plasticulture
PART 4---SOILS AND FERTILIZERS
143(106)
Nutrient Best Management Practices
Organic Matter
Soil-Improving Crops
Manures
Soil Texture
Soil Reaction
Salinity
Fertilizers
Fertilizer Conversion Factors
Nutrient Absorption
Plant Analysis
Soil Tests
Nutrient Deficiencies
Micronutrients
Fertilizer Distributors
PART 5---WATER AND IRRIGATION
249(60)
Suggestions on Supplying Water to Vegetables
Rooting of Vegetables
Soil Moisture
Surface Irrigation
Overhead Irrigation
Drip or Trickle Irrigation
Water Quality
PART 6---VEGETABLE PESTS AND PROBLEMS
309(80)
Air Pollution
Integrated Pest Management
Soil Solarization
Pesticide Use Precautions
Pesticide Application and Equipment
Vegetable Seed Treatment
Nematodes
Diseases
Insects
Pest Management in Organic Production Systems
Wildlife Control
PART 7---WEED MANAGEMENT
389(12)
Weed Management Strategies
Weed Identification
Noxious Weeds
Weed Control in Organic Farming
Cover Crops and Rotation in Weed Management
Herbicides
Weed Control Recommendations
PART 8---HARVESTING, HANDLING, AND STORAGE
401(102)
Food Safety
General Postharvest Handling Procedures
Predicting Harvest Dates and Yields
Cooling Vegetables
Vegetable Storage
Chilling and Ethylene Injury
Postharvest Diseases
Vegetable Quality
U.S. Standards for Vegetables
Minimally Processed Vegetables
Containers for Vegetables
Vegetable Marketing
PART 9---VEGETABLE SEEDS
503(38)
Seed Labels
Seed Germination Tests
Seed Germination Standards
Seed Production
Seed Yields
Seed Storage
Vegetable Varieties
Vegetable Seed Sources
PART 10---APPENDIX
541(24)
Sources of Vegetable Information
Periodicals for Vegetable Growers
U.S. Units of Measurement
Conversion Factors for U.S. Units
Metric Units of Measurement
Conversion Factors for SI and NON SI Units
Conversions for Rates of Application
Water and Soil Solution Conversion Factors
Heat and Energy Equivalents and Definitions
Index 565

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