Authors as Published

Mike Orzolek and Bill Lamont, Department of Horticulture, Pennsylvania State University

Ed. Note: The following article was recently published in the "Vegetable and Small Fruit Gazette", May 2002, Volume 6, No. 5, Penn State University. It can be accessed at the following website:


Use of raised beds with plastic mulch and drip irrigation for the production of vegetable and small fruit crops will result in higher crop yields and quality compared to bare ground culture. Yield as determined by variety, production system, environment, soil type and location will vary; the reason why a range of marketable yields are presented in the table below.


CropMarketable Yield
Cantaloupe, eastern type5,000 - 7,000 fruit/A or 10 to 15 T/A
Cantaloupe, western type12,000 - 16,000 fruit/A
Cucumber, slicing (32 lb bu)1,000 - 1,400 bu/A or 16 to 22 T/A
Bell pepper (32 lb bu)1,200 - 1,800 bu/A or 18 to 28 T/A
Tomato, fresh market (25 lb carton)2,200 - 2,800 box/A or 32 to 40 T/A
Summer squash (24 lb 5/9 bushel)600 - 1,000 bu/A or 8 to 12 T/A
Watermelon2,500 - 5,500 fruit/A or 10 to 12 T/A
Acorn squash (20 lb carton)800 - 1,000 carton/A or 8 to 10 T/A
Butternut squash (40 lb carton)900 - 1,200 carton/A or 18 to 24 T/A
Eggplant (22 lb carton)900 - 1,300 carton/A or 10 to 14 T/A
Sweet Spanish onions (40 lb carton)1,000 -1,400 cartons/A or 22 to 28 T/A
Pumpkin28 - 32 T/A
Early sweet corn1,200 - 1,600 doz/A
Strawberry15,000 - 20,000 lbs/A


Originally printed in Virginia Vegetable, Small Fruit and Specialty Crops – May 2002.

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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

July 17, 2009