Author

Rex L. Hurst

Date of Award:

1950

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Plants, Soils, and Climate

Advisor/Chair:

D. V. Thorne

Abstract

Celery production has become an important factor in the economy of certain areas in Utah. In 1949 over 400 acres were harvested with an average yield of 800 crates per acre, the average return per crate being $1.80. this amounts to over half a million dollars. The crop serves as a valuable cash crop, creates a demand for hand labor, and serves as an important commercial fertilizer.

Little experimental work has been done on the fertilizer requirements of celery in Utah: At the present time estimates of fertilizer need are being based upon grower practices and work done in other areas. Information is needed on the amount of ouch fertilizer element needed to give optimum yields under Utah conditions.

The quality of Utah celery in the past has been one of its chief selling points in competition with celery from other areas. If a good market for Utah celery is to be maintained, the quality must be maintained or improved. In the last few years some Utah celery has become pithy and tough which is an expression of poor quality. There is widespread feeling among growers that quality of celery can be improved by fertilizer practice. As yet there is very little experimental evidence on this relationship.

This study was arranged to obtain information as to the relationships that exist between yield, quality, the nutrient element content, and applied fertilizer.

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