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Improving water and nutrient management in tomato cultivation

Code: 9781838792886
E. Simonne, M. Ozores-Hampton, A. Simonne and A. Gazula, University of Florida, USA

Chapter synopsis: Agricultural practices for tomato production need to (1) fulfil the water and nutritional requirements of the crop for optimal production, (2) consider the environmental impact of production and (3) offer nutritious and safe tomatoes to consumers. This chapter focuses on irrigation and fertilization practices for field production of conventionally grown round (‘fresh-market’) and processing (‘Roma’) tomatoes, presenting the main US environmental regulations, together with related food-safety issues. Finally, this chapter describes challenges and successes in improving water and nutrient management practices in commercial fields.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0007.18
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Overview of tomato production systems 3 Environmental regulations affecting tomato production in the United States 4 Changing approaches to water and nutrient management: from optimizing production to optimizing input effi ciency 5 Irrigation management systems for tomato production 6 Optimizing irrigation volumes and scheduling 7 Fertilization in tomato production: introduction and soil sampling 8 Nutrient sources for tomato production 9 Optimizing nitrogen (N) rates 10 Fertilizer recommendations, nutrient uptake and leaching 11 Implications of water and fertilizer use for food safety 12 Teaching water and nutrient management to tomato producers 13 Future trends and conclusion 14 Where to look for further information 15 References

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