[Market-farming] snapping tops off carrots

Shoemaker, William H wshoemak at illinois.edu
Thu Nov 22 12:45:41 EST 2012

I know some commercial growers top them in the ground by mowing the tops off. The tops can be brushed aside or blown off. The type of mower (rotary, sickle, hammermill, etc.) probably will make a difference in how clean the process is. But you could still undercut the roots. Lifting them might be hampered a bit, but eliminating hand-topping might be a good trade-off.

William H. Shoemaker,
Northern Illinois Viticulturist - IGGVA
Illinois Grape Growers and Vinters Association
wshoemak at illinois.edu

From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] on behalf of Vern and Amy [vaspencer at sisna.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2012 9:13 AM
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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] snapping tops off carrots

Sounds like a great way to plant!  Probably good for parsnip, too?  Do
you weed them with the tractor or by hand?  We harvested our carrots
this year with a single tooth run next to the carrots planted in flat
ground.  I think probably not as good as your raised bed technique in
our heavy clay, but better than a pitchfork.

Did you come up with a better way to top your carrots?  We still have
some in the shop to do, too.

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