Pumpkins/Squash

Pumpkin production can benefit from conservation practices

Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) are a common vegetable crop sold at local pumpkin patches and farmers markets, in addition to commercial production. In 2019, the value of harvested pumpkin was worth $180 million. In addition to... more »

GFVGA Board, ITC staff review reports on impacts of imported cucumbers, squash

Georgia Fruit Vegetable Growers Association staff and board members met with representatives from the United States International Trade Commission in February to review findings of the commission’s investigations into the effects of imported squash and... more »

Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest salutes 650-pound winner

More than 30 4-H’ers from across Georgia competed in the 2021 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, with the winning pumpkin weighing in at 650 pounds. The Pumpkin Growing Contest offers students the opportunity to learn... more »

Tracking a bacterial culprit in the case of the warty pumpkin

On a Halloween pumpkin, warts and bumps have a certain spooky charm. But some unwanted bacteria-caused blemishes open the door to infections that rot and ruin this bright, seasonal fruit. Pseudomonas syringae is a rod-shaped bacterium... more »

Value of Texas pumpkin production surpassed other states at $25.9M in 2020

Pumpkin production is widely dispersed throughout the United States, with crop conditions varying greatly by region. All states produce some pumpkins, but six states produce most of them. In 2017, about 40%t of pumpkin acres... more »

Pythium in cucurbits: Temperature decides species

There are more than 300 species of pythium. Many don’t harm plants, but many do, and cucurbits are particularly susceptible. New research at Clemson University has identified some of the pythium species that most commonly... more »

North Carolina State salutes Quesada-Ocampo’s ‘40 Under 40’ honor

Lina Qusada-Ocampo, North Carolina State associate professor and vegetable pathology Extension specialist, was named to this year's list of the Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 honorees. Quesada-Ocampo, faculty member in the Department of Entomology and... more »

Plectosporium blight in some pumpkin fields seen again this year

I am seeing some plectosporium blight in a few pumpkin fields this year, not as bad as last year but still there. This disease will probably increase if we continue having frequent rains in some... more »

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