Pumpkins/Squash

North East grower has bumper crop of pumpkins

Orton's Fruit Market, at Route 89 and Interstate 90 in North East, grows a little bit of everything. The market is open year-round. Seasonal produce runs from cool-weather peas and broccoli right through its main... more »

Fall-tillage tips for vegetables

Decisions about how and whether to till vegetable fields in the fall are complex and depend on balancing soil, nutrient, pest and economic considerations. Fall tillage is helpful for managing many pests of vegetables and... more »

Arizona farm reinvents to stay successful

When you think of Arizona, you don't immediately think of fruit and vegetable farming. That is probably part of what has made Schnepf's Farms in Queen Creek, Ariz., successful, according to Mark and Carrie Schnepf.... more »

Farmers weather losses to rainfall

Pumpkins lie in soggy patches on the Durr Farm, ripe with white mold or already rotting from the bottoms.Fields of giant golden sunflowers that once stood tall and swayed gently on the Chesterfield farm now... more »

Harvest container cleaning keeps people from getting sick

Clean and sanitary harvest containers are critically important in harvesting crops that are consumer-ready. They can also help decrease post-harvest losses from scratches and soiling on sensitive products like peaches and summer squash.There are four... more »

As farmers’ markets go mainstream, some fear a glut

John Spineti started selling plump tomatoes and shiny squash at farmers' markets in the early 1970s and saw his profits boom as markets became more popular. But just as farmers' markets have become mainstream, Mr.... more »

Vegetable production and pest management

Two-spotted Spider Mite in TomatoesMike Roegge recently reported twospotted spider mite infestations that required treatment in tomatoes near Quincy. Hot, dry weather may trigger similar problems in many other fields as well. Miticides that are... 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 »


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