Download RAW file: https://library.csbe-scgab.ca/docs/journal/22/22_2_175_raw.pdf
There is an increasing demand for the production of carrot varieties (Daucus carota) known as baby carrots whose size and shape are within defined limits. Root diameter and root length cannot exceed 19 mm and 115 mm, respectively. These baby carrots are now available on the market in cello packs from Canadian sources or mostly imported as a canned or frozen product. Profitable yields of roots no larger than 19 mm in diameter and 115 mm in length are difficult to obtain using row-oriented equipment. With this in mind, a project was initiated to investigate carrot varieties, plant densities, seeding and harvesting equipment that could be used on organic soil. Baby carrot production in organic soil is not yet wide-spread because of these machinery problems. The equipment that is bought off-the shelf must be modified or new concepts must be used to adapt available machinery to production systems on organic soil. The investigation started in 1973, when Hergert (1973) suggested that different types of harvesters, such as the Tawco radish combine or a digger chain type of harvester with an appropriate topping technique, should be investigated. He also recommended that studies should be done on plant densities for optimum yields.
baby carrot production system on organic soils
Millette, J. A., Bernier, R. and G. B. Hergert 1980. BABY CARROT PRODUCTION SYSTEM ON ORGANIC SOILS. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 22(2):175-178.
175 - 178