TYLER, TX (KLTV) - You could see Asian vegetables growing in Texas soon.
That’s because Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service have teamed up for a year-long trial to test the feasibility and profitability of growing the vegetables in the lone star state.
Trials will be held at Agrilife facilities in El Paso, Overton, Uvalde and Weslaco.
Scientists will assess the vegetables in unimproved soil, in high tunnels and in greenhouses during the trials.
They will include fall and spring plantings to test cool-season varieties such as Bok Choi, and Chinese celery, as well as warm-season varieties to include Asian eggplant, and Yardlong beans.
This research is being done because demand for Asian vegetables is increasing.
Asian vegetables are proven to be profitable crops in other states, but farmers in Texas aren’t familiar with how to grow them and whether they can be profitable.
This research will take a look at market demand around the state and field test a range of Asian vegetables in four locations to see if they are a fit for Texas producers.
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