Kale (Brassica oleracea) is a popular cold season vegetable crop that is high yielding and nutrient dense. Kale is usually grown under black plastic mulch when transplanted in the spring or fall growing season. Differences in plastic mulch color, such as black and white, can give advantages to vegetable crop growth, yield, and quality in either season. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to evaluate 13 kale varieties (Table 1) for marketable yield and quality in the fall 2015 and spring 2016 seasons under black or white plastic mulch.
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