Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

James Martin, Ray Johnson, James Worthington

Degree Program

Department of Agriculture

Degree Type

Master of Science


The effect of black polyethylene mulching and drip irrigation on the yield and quality of three cultivars of bell pepper was studied during the 1987 growing season. This study was conducted on a Pembroke silt loam soil on the Western Kentucky University Farm in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The experimental design was a split-plot arranged in randomized complete blocks in four replications with treatment as the main plot and cultivars as the sub-plot.

'California Wonder,' 'Lady Bell F1 Hybrid: and' Keystone Resistant Giant' cultivars of bell pepper were established in the field during the last week of May. The cultivars were grown using black polyethylene, with application of irrigation (no mulch) and without irrigation or mulch (check) Irrigation was initiated in early August and continued throughout the remainder of the growing season; the amount per application was 158.8 m3/ha.

At harvest, mature green fruit were removed from the plant, weighed, and classified as grade I or II. There were significant differences at the 5% level in the yield of the cultivars. There were significant differences at the 5% levels among the yields of the treatments. the higher yield was obtained with irrigation, followed by the use of mulch. The better yield under each of the three treatments was obtained with the cultivar Lady Bell.

The production of grade II peppers Was higher than the production of grade I peppers, the average yield was 48.82 MT/ha, and 21.99 MT/ha, respectively. The yield of bell pepper grade II was higher in all three treatments.


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