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A Garlic Testament
Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm


 

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VEGETABLES IN THE 90's - WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

Vegetables in the 90's - what are the alternatives? © Crown Copyright 1982 - 1993. Reproduced by Garlicworld under licence from the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery office.

Continued...

Nitrogen Nutrition

This trial has been autumn planted and the first year was 1983/84. The variety Fructidor has been used and the treatments are (N in kg/ha) -

  1. 75
  2. 150
  3. 225
  4. 300

All applied at three different times, i.e. January, early March or April.

Observations on Cultural Practices

This has included -

  1. Planting in ridges.
  2. Planting in bulb nets in ridges.
  3. Planting with a "superprefer".
  4. Use of modules and blocks.
  5. Lifting from 1st week of July and artificially drying.

Further reading - Advisory leaflet 853.

Garlic

Guidelines for a Gross Margin (autumn planting)

All figures per ha.

   
      £
£
Total output 10 t at average price £1.30 per kg in 2½ kg trays                                                                                                13,000
Variable Costs (Marketing)
      £
£

Commission
Packing
Handling
Carriage

 

10%
4000 trays @ 25p
0.05p per tray
4000 trays @ 20p

sub total

1,300
1,000
   200
   800

3,300

 
Variable Costs (Production)

Cloves for planting 1000 kg at £5 per kg

Nitrogen
Phosphate
Potash
Paraquat 3 l
Propachlor 9 l
Chlorthal-dimethyl 9 l
Chloridazon + Chlorbufam

Casual Labour
Splitting cloves 300 hrs
Planting 300 hrs
Harvesting 250 hrs
Dressing, trimming, packing 700 hrs

 












5,000

72.00
30.00
36.00
16.50
27.90
94.50
63.90


630
630
525
1,470


8,596

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total variable costs
11,896
Gross Margin
1,104

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