Melons

New organic cucumber varieties show promise in disease resistance

In 2018, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) provided a grant to Edmund Frost of Common Wealth Seed Growers to assess resistance to both Bacterial Wilt and Cucurbit Downy Mildew among selected cucumber and muskmelon seedstocks. The... more »

Study looks at harvesting genes to improve watermelons

When many people think of watermelon, they likely think of Citrullus lanatus, the cultivated watermelon with sweet, juicy red fruit enjoyed around the world as a dessert. Indeed, watermelon is one of the world’s most... more »

Marrone Bio Innovations OK’d for Stargus in Mexico

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: MBII) (MBI) announced that its novel Bacillus Biofungicide, marketed in the U.S. as Stargus for specialty crops, was approved for use in Mexico by the Ministry of Health COFEPRIS. Stargus... more »

Walton County watermelon is the largest in Georgia 4-H contest

The melon is around five times the weight of your average watermelon and probably heavier than the boy who grew it. Smothers, who is entering his eighth-grade year at George Walton Academy, was one of... more »

Pursue benefits of cover crops in watermelons

Researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are conducting a series of experimental trials that may help the state’s watermelon growers improve their yields while improving the soil and reducing pest pressure.... more »

Phytophthora crown rot on cucurbits, peppers requires diligence

This year’s wet conditions are just what phytophthora ordered. This plant pathogen lives in the soil and survives Michigan winters. It does not move via air currents but spreads via splash of contaminated soil, surface... more »

USDA standards removed from some melon crops, celery stalks

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on July 16 rolled out a final rule that removes seven voluntary U.S. grade standards and one consumer standard for fresh fruits and vegetables from the Code of Federal Regulations... more »

‘Wonder Melon’ name of new organic watermelon beverage

Bayonne, New Jersey food manufacturer Kayco is releasing a... more »


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