Veteran Florida field grower William “Skeeter” Bethea, crop specialist- tomato and pepper for the East Coast for seed breeder Enza Zaden, saw the overheating problem and started working on solutions that could extend the effective growing season both by finishing later into the spring and starting earlier for fall production.
Bethea was determined to develop a profitable and productive system for growing short cycle indeterminate tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
To do that, he needed to build an attic in his tunnels.
Enza Zaden specializes in hybrid vegetable seeds that are developed through intense breeding and research programs located in 26 different countries.
Its Florida location is situated in Myakka City, nearly at sea level about 25 miles east of the Sarasota coast on the Gulf of Mexico. While it offers a near-ideal climate, it also presents a full complement of interesting and intersecting challenges.
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