I’m planning to run a variety trial comparing the performance of various field-transplanted lettuce varieties planted for fall harvest. I’ve found it challenging to identify varieties that handle both the heat of summer and the cold of fall (with all the moisture & extreme temperature variability up & down we often have that time of year)
Ann Slater is also interested and we’re currently working on creating a list of varieties that are worth trialing - if you have a variety that has performed well for you in this seasonal niche we’d love to hear about it.
We would also welcome more participation as it leads to more robust data!
So far we’re thinking we’ll collect observations on:
DTM (seeding & transplant dates + harvest window)
disease pressure (tip burn, bottom rot, DM)
Yield - # of harvestable heads & some notes on size
Our goal is to keep data collection as easy as possible, without a lot of need for specific measurements - more along the lines of simple counts for the presence of characteristics such as early bolting or disease, and a designation of “acceptable” vs “unacceptable” to capture the degree to which heads are affected.
If you’re interested in learning more or taking part, you can respond here or get in touch with email@example.com