Tomato, Reduce Inputs, Enhance Output – Spain
A comprehensive study on the use of OCC on a popular tomato variety was conducted in 2009 by a consultation company in Spain. On a five-hectares tomato field, 2.5 hectares used the standard growing protocol with the regular dose of protection and control chemicals as recommended on products' labels. On another 2.5 hectares plot, OCC was included in the control sprays, but all dosages were reduced by 50%. Results showed a 14% higher yield on OCC plots with 20% higher Brix levels and 50% chemical savings per hectare.
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