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Crop Yields for Vegetables and Small Fruits Grown on Raised Beds with Plastic Mulch and Drip Irrigation

Use of raised beds with plastic mulch and drip irrigation for the production of vegetable and small fruit crops will result in higher crop yields and quality compared to bare ground culture.

M. D. Orzolek and W. J. Lamont
Department of Horticulture
The Pennsylvania State University

Marketable Yield

Cantaloupe, eastern type

  • 5,000 to 7,000 fruit/A or 10 to 15T/a

Cantaloupe, western type

  • 12,000 to 16,000 fruit/A

Cucumber, slicing (32 lb bu)

  • 1,000 to 1,400 bu/A or 16 to 22 T/A

Bell pepper (32 lb bu)

  • 1,200 to 1,800 bu/A or 18 to 28 T/A

Tomato, fresh market (25 lb carton)

  • 2,200 to 2,800 boxes/A or 32 to 40 T/A

Summer squash (24 lb 5/9 bushel)

  • 600 to 1,000 bu/A or 8 to 12T/A

Watermelon

  • 2,500 to 5,500 fruit/A or 10 to 12T/A

Acorn squash (20 lb carton)

  • 800 to 1,000 carton/A or 8 to 10 T/A

Butternut squash (40 lb carton)

  • 900 to 1,200 carton/A or 18 to 24 T/A

Eggplant (22 lb carton)

  • 900 to 1,300 carton/A or 10 to 14 T/A

Sweet Spanish onions (40 lb carton)

  • 1,000 to 1,400 cartons/A or 22 to 28 T/A

Pumpkin 28 to 32 T/A

  • Early sweet corn 1,200 to 1,600 doz./A

Early sweet corn

  • 250 to 475 cwt/A

Strawberries

  • 15,000 to 20,000 lbs/A