Several neighbors have inquired about our protected tomato trials. We took pains in the early season to build mounded lines in our greenhouses (a best management practice not commonly used in our area) and to plant our tomatoes while the weather was still very warm, another uncommon practice. Because of our early season planning our indoor crop is the first in our area to ripen and would almost certainly have hit the local market before competitors. Early to market means higher prices. The lesson to farmers from this trial has been well received, "early season planning yields significant dividends."
|Protected tomato trials as they begin to ripen|