Vegetable Production Guide

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Harvesting and Storage

This section was updated - 20 April 2021

Healthy two-year-old plantings may be lightly harvested for 10 to 14 days; three-year-old plantings for 4 weeks and mature plantings for 6 weeks. A mature planting should produce about 100 kg/ha per picking over 30 picking days for a total yield of 3,000 kg/ha.

For fresh market sales, the crop should be hydro-cooled immediately after harvest. Forced-air cooling is also an option. Failure to reduce the field temperature promotes growth, causing loose tips.

Recommended storage and shipping temperature is 0°C, with a relative humidity of 95%.

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