Melons

Mixed bag for California melon crop reported

As people get back to backyard celebrations this summer, California melon growers say demand for summer staples of watermelons, honeydews, cantaloupes and mixed melons remains high, though getting the crop to market has faced several... more »

Physiological leaf roll vs. growth regulator herbicide damage viewed

Leaf curling, cupping, and rolling in vegetables can be caused by virus diseases, aphid infestations, herbicides and growth regulators. We are currently finding physiological leaf roll and leaf curling due to exposure to growth regulator... more »

Watermelon biomass, yield compete with morningglory

Morningglory grows fast and is highly competitive. It emerges from up to three inches deep and is hard to control with soil-applied herbicides. New research from Purdue University on morningglory interference in watermelon shows even... more »

Conventional melon weed management in the Sacramento Valley

Sutter County, California, grows between 300 and 800 acres of fresh-market honeydew, mixed melon and cantaloupe each year. The fields vary between furrow and drip irrigation, with many fields in the Sutter Basin only receiving... more »

IPM brings higher watermelon yields

A field of watermelons can produce a more than a 25% higher yield under an integrated pest management (IPM) program than a program of a soil-drench insecticide at planting, followed by a sequence of foliar... more »

University of Florida helps watermelon industry nip disease in the bud

And as consumers around the nation enjoy slice after slice of cool watermelon this summer, they can thank a dedicated network of Florida growers and University of Florida scientists for this refreshing warm weather treat.... more »

Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association launches Flavor of Sunshine campaign

The Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association has announced the launch of its¬†2021 Flavor of Sunshine¬†campaign. This campaign is intended to support the 2021 Eastern Cantaloupe season by driving business for retailers with consumer-facing marketing components such... more »

Watch for thrips and mites in vegetables

The hotter temperatures we have had have caused thrips and to a lesser extent two spotted spider mite, TSSM (Tetranychus urticae) populations to rapidly increase in some vegetable fields in Maryland. These pests feed by... more »

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