Pumpkins/Squash

Penn State Extension offers cucurbit production program for growers

Produce growers and agriculture entrepreneurs will get a comprehensive look at cucurbit production and culture in the Mid-Atlantic region in a day-long “Cucurbit Production School” offered by Penn State Extension on Feb. 28 at the... more »

New breeds of pumpkins, calabazas making headway in Florida

Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Shultz yielded popularity to an almighty pumpkin in the 1966 animated TV Special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Today, pumpkin popularity for holiday decor, healthy snacking, and scrumptious recipes during... more »

Growing giant pumpkins ‘begins with superior genetics’

I took my 8-year-old to a pumpkin show over the weekend and we saw giant, near record-sized pumpkins on display. Now my son wants to grow giant pumpkins like that in our backyard. Is that... more »

California grower donates pumpkins for students to cook

About 2,725 consumer science – formerly home economics – high school students at 15 different high schools near San Joaquin will learn how to cook with locally-grown produce and meat. The... more »

Most US pumpkins are produced in 10 states

With Halloween approaching, many consumers spent the weekend searching for the nearest pumpkin patch. Pumpkin production is widely dispersed throughout the United States. All U.S. States produce some pumpkins, but according to the 2017 U.S.... more »

Growing a Halloween favorite more sustainably

They come in all shapes and sizes, in hues of golden orange, pale white, and green. Painted, carved, or baked in a pie, pumpkins are cheerful symbols of autumn that are grown in every county... more »

Jerry Mills: Confidence lacking in pumpkin crop after wet spring

No fire blight! This is the first year ever that there are no signs of fire blight anywhere in our orchards. Last year it was so bad that many trees went unpruned. I was prepared... more »

World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off set in California

Will the heavyweight pumpkin world record go down in Half Moon Bay, California, this year? No weigh? Weigh!  The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their humongous, mind-blowing, Volkswagen-sized... more »

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