Agronomic programme to improve the uniformity of broccoli for once-over mechanical harvest
This project was a collaboration between Matilda Fresh, a commercial broccoli processor, Sakata and SPS, commercial seed companies and Applied Horticultural Research. The research aimed to determine the optimum agronomic management of broccoli to ensure uniform crop maturity and quality for once-over mechanical harvesting. The trials were run over three seasons in Gunalda, Qld, Toowoomba, Qld, Gatton, Qld, and Armidale, NSW. The research showed that the key improvements in crop uniformity can be made by increasing the plant density from 60,000 plants per hectare to 90,000 plants per hectare. The result shows the importance of growing a crop in correct seasonal and geographic location for optimum yield and quality.