Melons

Take care with postharvest cantaloupe, summer squash

Cantaloupe and summer squash are important cucurbits in the Southeastern U.S. but how they’re handled postharvest is key to shelf life and quality. For cantaloupe, poor handling is the No. 1 cause of postharvest quality... more »

California vegetable value goes up while acres down

The value of California’s 2019 utilized vegetable production rose to $7.864 billion, 7.3% above the 2018 value according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Pacific Regional Field Office. Increases in the value of... more »

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 »

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 »

Watermelon powder found healthy in mice study

Eating watermelon in the form of powdered supplements helped adult obese mice avoid some detrimental health effects of an unhealthy diet, according to a new Oregon State University study. The study is published in the Journal of... more »

Carolina Strongback beats nematodes, fusarium

Carolina Strongback’s the name. Protecting melons is the game. A watermelon tough enough to handle the fusarium wilt and soil nematodes has been bred by scientists from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson... more »

Nominees sought for watermelon promotion board

The USDA recently announced that it is seeking nominations of qualified watermelon producers and handlers for four seats on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Secretary Sonny Perdue will appoint individuals to serve terms of office... more »

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 »


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