Broccoli is ready for harvest at a new Eastern Broccoli trial site in Tifton, GA. Tim Coolong of the University of Georgia is supervising the trial, which was transplanted at Lewis Taylor Farms in late February. Broccoli hybrids grown in this commercial production setting are evaluated with respect to size, number, and marketability of crowns.
The relatively late April – May production window is an important but challenging one in the southeastern U.S. Temperatures are typically cool when the crop is planted in February but quickly warm up going into March and April. Trials at the Georgia location will help us identify hybrids that can stand up to the heat and produce good yields of high quality broccoli crowns.