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National Women in Ag. Association
Mrs. Cheryl Bryant, Farmer of Grady County Risk Management Producer Education for Bell Peppers
1. Proper Soil testing; or Hoop house planting soil tips: I will be planting green and red bell pepper seeds in Miracle Grow Seed Starter Mix using cell packs 48 plants to each tray.
2. Health contribution from growing this crop: Bell peppers are packed with several nutrients and are a good source of vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and folic acid. Bell peppers also contain a large amount of phytochemicals that have exceptional antioxidant activity.
3. Geographic Area Market Assessment: I will sell my peppers at local farmers’ markets. I will also sell at NWIAA Community Farmers’ Market and local grocery stores and restaurants.
4. Water system, water testing, irrigation and water management: I will be using an overhead misting system in my hoop house. This will provide the proper amount of gentle moisture on the seedlings. I am using ¼ " irrigation tubing with mist emitters and an adjustablet timer.
5. Disease and insect control: I plan to inspect seedlings twice each day; once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Regular inspection will minimize insect or disease problems. I plan to remove insects by hand. If I experience any disease or insect problem I will consult with NWIAA’s International Agronomy team of Washington, D.C. or local OSU Extension.
6. Expert/extension and Fruit Specialist Service Assistance: NWIAA core team and/or Agronomy team, Grady County and Oklahoma County OSU Extension Specialist and is available for consultation.
7. Marketing assistance: National Women in Ag. Association will help me market my bell peppers. I also plan to sell at local farmers markets, NWIAA Community Farmers’ Market and local grocery stores.
8. Recommended start up amount: I recommend spending $375.00; $83.00 for irrigation; $92.00 for seeds; $200.00 for plant
cell packs, trays and seed starter planting mix.
9. Yield (WIAA… explain yielding): I will plant 2 varieties of sweet bell peppers, 500 each for a total of 1,000 plants. Revolution is a green variety; and Alliance is a red bell pepper. Both varieties provide good yield. I anticipate each plant of both varieties to produce 10 peppers each for a total of 10,000 peppers.
10. How much money you can make from the crop: I anticipate that I will sell my bell peppers for fifty cents each for a total of $5,000.00 for my crop (in a 3 month time frame).
11. Anything else you think that will be helpful, etc...: I selected sweet bell peppers as these are most desirable at farmers markets. It is important to select varieties that will grow well for your area.
"I plan to grow vegetable seedlings for transplant to other gardens and to sell. I would like to grow a dwarf Myer lemon tree. Thank you NWIAA! "
Mrs. Cheryl Bryant
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