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Brock: Garden contest winners announced

The LSU Ag Center’s St. James Garden Contest winners were announced at Tomato Field Day, held June 13th at the Millet family (T-Black, etc.) farm in Paulina. Well over a hundred people came to see the results of the contests and the variety trial, all made possible by St. James Farm Bureau’s financial support. They were also able to hear talks and see hands-on exhibits from LSU specialists, as well as participating in a field tour.

The variety trial compared several tomato, cucumber, and pepper varieties grown at the Millet farm. General comparisons were discussed; including yields, plant vigor, disease resistance, and of course taste. Participants voted on the best-tasting tomato, with ‘Bush Goliath’ taking first place. ‘Creole’ was voted second-best tasting, followed by ‘German Johnson,’ an heirloom variety.

Most varieties of bell pepper and cucumber performed well, and there was some discussion of varietal differences. Among bell peppers, ‘California Wonder’ seemed least productive. Cucumbers were all similar, except that ‘Martini,’ a white cucumber, seemed to produce further into the hot, humid season than others.

The Biggest Tomato Contest is always exciting and this year’s winner was Elton Chenier of South (Back) Vacherie with a 1.68 lb. ‘Big Beef’ tomato. He took home a cash reward, provided by St. James Farm Bureau. Plaques for garden contest winners were also sponsored by St. James Farm Bureau and handed out at Tomato Field Day. The garden contest was judged in late May by Master Gardener volunteers.


Winners of the 2019 St. James LSU Ag Center
Vegetable Garden Contest:

4-H / Youth Gardens 4-H / School Gardens
1st Place – Janie LeBlanc Cypress Grove Academy (Becky Louque)
2nd Place – Camryn Chauvin St. Peter Chanel (Kathy Guidry)
3rd Place – Michael & Brayden Krumholt
Adult – Small Gardens  Adult – Medium Gardens
1st Place – Mona Borne 1st Place – Willy Martin, Sr.
2nd Place – Gerard Roper

All garden participants made an excellent showing and the judges were extremely impressed. St. James Farm Bureau also sponsored a meal for the event, which was prepared by Ricky Millet leading a helpful crew. The LSU Ag Center wishes to express enormous gratitude to all the people behind the scenes who made it a success, including those who participated in the contests, field tour, and lectures. We hope to see you at Tomato Field Day 2020!

If you want to know more about gardening, landscaping, or anything else horticultural, contact the St. John, St. James, & St. Charles Parishes County Agent André Brock at abrock@agcenter.lsu.edu. Also, the LSU Ag Center’s website can be accessed at www.lsuagcenter.com with lots of user-friendly information, including this article