|California, Lycopersicon esculentum, stand establishment, transplants, direct-seeding
Nineteen different processing tomato cultivars were established by both transplanting and direct-seeding in replicated field plots.
The time from planting until maturity, fruit soluble solids and fruit yields were measured. °Brix-yields were calculated from the measured data.
The direct-seeded plots averaged a thirty percent greater fruit yield than the transplanted plots.
The average fruit soluble solids were slightly higher in the transplanted plots.
The °Brix-yields averaged eleven percent higher in the direct-seeded plots.
The decreased fruit yields observed for the transplants was consistent with previous tests conducted locally, although this trend was not consistent.
This suggests the need for additional follow-up tests to verify or dispute these results.
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