Bell Peppers Crop Guide

Estimated Cost $2740 per acre
Harvest Season spring – June to July, fall – October to November
Market Outlets Wholesale or retail stores, farmers markets, roadside
Yield Potential 300- 600 25 lb crates/acre
Market Potential Good- especially for colorful fruit types (red, yellow, purple, etc.).
Profit Potential $0 to $3,000 per acre
Adapted Areas Statewide
Labor Requirements 2 man-days per acre; weekly during harvest. Hand harvested
Equipment Requirements Tractor, shredder, fertilizer applicator, disk, bedder, cultivator, planter, insect/disease sprayer, herbicide sprayer, irrigation system
Soil Requirements Sandy or loam
Water Requirements High – 25- 30 inches/season (2 to 3 inches per acre weekly) of high quality water
Minimum Size 1 acre
Risk Factor High, one of the most difficult vegetables to grow.
Other Limiting Factors Labor availability, price fluctuations, viruses, insects, sunburning, disease, rain and wind.
Comments Strict size, grade and quality standards. High nutrient demand. Colored types (Red, yellow, purple, etc.) have niche market potential and normally comand higher prices than the green. Fruit easily bruises. Transplants readily.

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