Melons

Cantaloupe groups gain traction on safety

The only way to go is up.Still smarting from a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., in 2011, followed the next year by a salmonella outbreak tied to... more »

Sweet corn, peaches pair well for Ohio grower

There aren't many young fruit and vegetable growers out there, and it worries Gordon Hahn. Hahn, 55, grows fruit, vegetable and grain crops in Huron, Ohio. His seed salesman tells him he's one of the... more »

California seeks to distinguish its cantaloupes

California melons will begin bearing a "Buy California Grown" sticker in an effort to distinguish the state's crop from others.Steve Patricio, president of Westside Produce and the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board, and a grower himself,... more »

Six Michigan salmonella cases appear linked to Indiana cantaloupe case

Michigan officials say six salmonella cases in the state are possibly linked to an ongoing investigation involving cantaloupe consumption.The cases reported since early July include one in Branch County, two in Calhoun County, one in... more »

Family, persistence, Twinkies help Ohio farm survive

When Dave Weilnau was growing up, just about every farmer in his part of north-central Ohio sold their vegetables wholesale to local buyers. That's not the case anymore."As far as I know, there's no one... more »

Vegetables coming to market despite drought

Vegetable growers seem to be holding their own, despite what many are describing as the worst drought since the days of the Dust Bowl.While some areas were seeing a diminished crop in July, farmers' market... more »

Syngenta applying FarMore Technology

Syngenta is now enhancing its cucurbit seed offerings with a standard on-seed application of FarMore Technology. All Syngenta squash, melon and open field cucumber seed sold in North America is being treated with FarMore Technology,... more »

Downy mildew outbreak on cucumbers in southwest Michigan

Downy mildew on cucumbers was reported in Berrien County in the southwest portion of Michigan and confirmed by the Hausbeck lab this afternoon (July 24). View the Michigan downy mildew map. This most recent report... more »

Bayer Cropscience acquires Abbott & Cobb watermelon and melon seeds

Bayer CropScience announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the watermelon and melon seed business of Abbott & Cobb Inc., a privately-held seed company headquartered in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, USA. The acquisition will... more »

Jensen Farms files for bankruptcy in wake of listeria deaths

Jensen Farms, the southeastern Colorado cantaloupe growers who were the source of a deadly listeria outbreak last year, filed for bankruptcy Friday.Lawsuits from the outbreak, which caused at least 32 deaths and dozens of hospitalizations,... more »

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