Cucumbers

Managing downy mildew in pumpkins

Cucurbit downy mildew is most serious on cucumbers, but can damage other vine crops, including pumpkins. Changes in the strain types (more aggressive and overcoming cultivar resistance) and early appearance in the northern parts of... more »

Contaminated sprouts: Jimmy John’s founder says inconsistent supply prompted decision to remove

While customers clamor for sprouts on the Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches Facebook page, the company says the reason it dropped the little shoots was because it can't get a consistent supply.According to the Centers for... more »

Set yourself up for succession success

About a decade ago, Russell Costanza's son and daughter both decided they wanted to inherit the family farm. Their decision spurred Costanza to do something he'd been thinking about for years but hadn't gotten around... more »

Pumpkin production up

Pumpkins belong to the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes cucumbers, squash, gourds, cantaloupes and watermelons. They grow best on soils with a pH of 5.8-6.6. Because they require a constant supply of moisture, soils with... more »

E-Verify contributes to labor shortages across the country

Congress hadn't passed mandatory E-Verify as of late October, but the threat that it might do so lingered over the country's fields and orchards for much of 2011. Just the rumor of E-Verify was enough... more »

Vegetable growers have a lot to learn at the 2011 EXPO

Vegetable growers have a lot to learn at the 2011 EXPOThis year's Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will offer a variety of educational sessions and special events. There should be something of... more »

Watermelon mosaic virus detected in winter squash

Watermelon mosaic virus 2 (WMV2) was confirmed by Jan Byrne, plant pathology diagnostician from MSU Diagnostic Services, on winter squash. Several viruses infect and damage squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in Michigan, but WMV2 is the... more »

Downy mildew outbreak in southeast Michigan cucumbers

Downy mildew on cucumbers was reported in Carleton in southeast Michigan July 7. Click here to see the Michigan downy mildew map. It is not clear as to the extent of this outbreak or its... more »


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