Melons

UD scientist finds potential cause of hollow heart disorder in watermelons

Hollow heart disorder in watermelons affects growers throughout the United States and threatens the marketability of the fruit, which can lead to monetary losses.Trying to find a cause and possible solution for the disorder, the... more »

Maintain quality during postharvest handling

Successful marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables depends on maintaining the quality through harvest and beyond.Marita Cantwell, postharvest specialist at the University of California, Davis, said in a presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable... more »

Nimitz receives Michigan exemption for carrots

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Adama issued a news release April 27 stating the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has issued a Crisis Exemption under Section 18 of FIFRA for use of Nimitz 480... more »

Celery packing lines susceptible to foodborne pathogens

An increasing number of foodborne outbreaks traced to fresh fruits and vegetables are being partially attributed to current production and processing methods.In the United States, the progression from locally grown produce to centralized production has... more »

Squash vine borer moth can be disastrous for small growers

The squash vine borer is a moth belonging to a group called “clearwing” moths. This is because the adult moths have transparent wings that are an adaptation to avoid predation by mimicking the appearance of... more »

Georgia watermelon group dedicates marketing funds

The Georgia Watermelon Association (GWA) will dedicate more than $90,000 to a strategic marketing program during the 2015 watermelon season. According to a news release, the program will have a fourfold approach using billboards, television... more »

Georgia vegetable growers approve new marketing order assessment

Georgia vegetable growers have a new marketing order. The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Vegetables – Marketing Order for Vegetables was approved with 92 percent of eligible growers responding in favor of the new assessment... more »

California drought showing no signs of relenting

Although early February storms brought much-needed precipitation to California, they only made a small dent in the four-year-old drought, water managers said.Many of the state's vegetable growers said they still don't expect any surface water... more »

Nimitz receives California registration

The nematicide Nimitz, produced by Adama, has received state registration in California for use on tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupe and squash.According to a news release from Adama, Nimitz, delivers a combination of... more »

USDA seeks nominees for watermelon board

USDA is seeking nominations for the National Watermelon Promotion Board.The 37-member board is comprised of 14 producers, 14 handlers, eight importers and a public member. Board members are nominated by their peers, while the public... more »

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