Melons

USDA seeks comments on redistricting watermelon board

USDA announced that it is seeking comments on a proposed rule to change the boundaries of all the districts and add two importer seats to the National Watermelon Promotion Board.At least every five years, the... more »

To preserve sales, control pumpkin pests

Pumpkin sales in late September and October are often the key to profitability. As a result, pest management is essential to ensure an adequate supply of pumpkins is available during this critical period. Several insects... more »

Ohio Wants a Say in Produce Safety Plan

Bob Jones hoped that this food safety thing would have been cleared up by now, but it's more confusing than ever. Produce growers today have to live up to a multiplicity of standards to keep... more »

Growers Getting Desperate in California Water Crisis

Like a lot of growers on the western side of California's San Joaquin Valley, Joe Del Bosque has had to cut back on his plantings. Water shortages forced him to fallow roughly half his 2,300... more »

Syngenta Seeds Opens Pasco Facility

More than 100 Syngenta Seeds Inc. employees and community leaders gathered Oct. 28 at the company's Pasco, Wash., vegetable seed processing facility to celebrate its grand opening. The Pasco facility is located on approximately 40... more »

Mhonpaj’s Garden

It's a long way from the tropical highlands of Southeast Asia to the temperate prairie of central Minnesota. But while the physical climate is a lot frostier in Minnesota, the political climate has been warmer... more »

Researchers Study Fusarium Wilt in Watermelons

Fusarium wilt is a devastating disease for many crops, but is manageable if the affected crop is rotated out of the field for several years and replaced with a crop that isn't susceptible to the... more »

Procure Registered for Vegetables

EPA has granted federal registration to Chemtura Crop Protection's Procure 480SC fungicide for use on 28 additional fruit and vegetable crops. The registration gives growers a powerful new tool for controlling powdery mildew and black... more »

Downy Mildew Outbreak on Michigan Cucumbers, Onions

Downy mildew on cucumbers has been found in several counties across Michigan this week. In general, the number of plants infected has been low, but given the continued cool, wet weather, it will not take... more »

Honeybee Shortage Stinging Japanese Farmers

People working in agriculture in Japan are worrying that a nationwide shortage of honeybees used to cross-pollinate strawberries, watermelon and other fruits and vegetable crops will hurt harvests soon. Daily Yomiuri Online Click here to... more »

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