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Conservation Tillage Tomato Production in California’s San Joaquin Valley

In California’s Central Valley, CT approaches are receiving interest as a means to cut costs and reduce dust and diesel fuel emissions from production fields. However, very little information currently exists on using CT for processing tomato production, most likely because of the recognized need for clean bed conditions for planting, harvesting, and incorporating herbicides, as well as the lack of effective CT tomato equipment. This publication summarizes recent advances in the development of CT tomato production and describes what CT tomato systems might look like.

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