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Small-Scale Specialty Vegetable Production in the Southeast
Robert Spencer, Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy
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Pages / Length: 8
Publication Date: 08/08/2017

Traditional vegetable production as an agricultural enterprise tends to have associated risks. There are disease and pest issues, weather concerns, uncertain and unfamiliar markets, price variables, and competition from other growers. Specialty vegetables are new crops and have less disease and pest issues. The plants are more heat and drought tolerant; there is less price variation; and there is considerably less competition from other growers. Considering these factors specialty vegetable production is much more viable and offers unique marketing opportunities, especially for small-scale producers.