Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program has been conducting a root-crop trial at Hudson Valley Farm Hub. The project is evaluating thirty-one types of carrots, eighteen beets, and seven parsnips for yield, appearance, color, taste, and storage ability, as part of an effort to find products that area farmers could sell year-round. Preliminary results of the trials identified significant differences between varieties in terms of appearance, which is critical to marketing. Further testing will track Brix content and taste of the vegetables during storage. Results of the trials are being shared at regional producer conferences.
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