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Pickling cucumber production in Ontario involves hand-harvesting the crop several times during the season. The area produced per grower has been limited by harvest labor supply resulting in area per farm typically not exceeding 5-6 ha. Increasing labor costs and declining labor availability have caused industry personnel to consider production systems based on mechanical harvesters developed in other production areas (Cargill et al. 1974). Research in Ontario has been concentrated on the development of the biological components of a machine-harvest system suited to the raw product requirements of the Canadian processors and to the growing conditions of Southern Ontario (Ontario Vegetable Research Council 1976). The management components of the machine-harvest production system, such as fertilizer practice, seeding rates, etc. are substantially different to those required for hand-harvest production. No agricultural studies have been conducted in Canada on machine factors, such as cucumber recovery efficiency, which will influence growers
effects of changes in selected production variables on crop returns, costs and margins for machine harvest production of pickling cucumbers
Colwell, H.T.M. 1979. EFFECTS OF CHANGES IN SELECTED PRODUCTION VARIABLES ON CROP RETURNS, COSTS AND MARGINS FOR MACHINE HARVEST PRODUCTION OF PICKLING CUCUMBERS. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 21(2):135-140.
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