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herbicide spraying or cultivation. There is thus a need to improve the CT systems, particularly late in the season.

Cultivated processing tomatoes in conservation tillage study, Davis, CA 2004

CT production at San Joaquin Valley tomato farms

Two commercial variations of the general CT and cover crop systems that are described here were recently featured as part of the San Joaquin Valley Conservation Tillage 2005 conference farm tours that were held in June. One farm was Sano Farms, a processing tomato and cotton farm in Firebaugh, CA and the other was Sun Pacific’s fresh market tomato farm, also in Firebaugh. Each of the farms that were

Transplanting fresh market tomatoes in conservation tillage field, Sun Pacific Farms, Firebaugh, CA 2003

visited uses winter cover crops and a spring strip tillage operation to mix cover crops and

incorporate herbicide in the transplant line. Cultivation has not been used in either of these commercial fields. In one case, subsurface drip irrigation is carefully managed to avoid wetting the soil surface, thereby controlling weeds to a great extent.

Triticale cover crop planted on bed tops in conservation tillage field, Sano Farms, Firebaugh, CA 2005

Strip tilling centers of fresh market tomato beds in conservation tillage field, Sun Pacific Farms, Firebaugh, CA 2005

Strip tiller implement used in fresh market tomato beds in conservation tillage fields, Sun Pacific Farms, Firebaugh, CA 2005

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