The LSU AgCenter and the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate LSU AgCenter’s organic fertility research project, located on property near the convention center. For the next two years, research on Bella Rosa tomatoes will be conducted on the one-quarter acre plot to evaluate the effectiveness and economics of organic fertilizer versus conventional fertilizer used in vegetable gardening, to monitor disease, and to study the microbial qualities of irrigation water over the growing season. The tomatoes will be harvested in June, and a preliminary report of the findings will be presented at the 2nd Annual Farm to Table International Symposium at New Orleans’ convention center in August.
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