Pumpkins/Squash

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 »

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 »

Central Kentucky farm market keeps diversifying

When Kevin Trunnell started growing sweet corn on the family farm near Utica, Ky., and selling it from a roadside stand after he got out of high school back in 1990, he hadn't really planned... 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 »

Local farmers find demand high in Thanksgiving week

Thanksgiving dinner at the Rosselot household in West Chester Twp. is typical of most turkey-day feasts according to family patriarch, Jim. Come Thursday evening, the dinner table will have a meaty turkey in the center,... more »

New Jersey farm market has had it all for 50 years

Rosie's Farm Market sits just off Route 322 in the southern end of New Jersey near Mullica Hill. 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the market that started with Palma "Rosie" Sorbello in 1961.In her... more »

People skills required when practicing agritourism

Why does a consumer choose to shop at one farm stand and not another? Why take a day trip to buy a pumpkin when one can be bought just as easily in a local supermarket?... 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 »

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