Study Shows Pickled Cucumbers Linked to Anti-Hypertension

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda As one of the top five fermented foods in the United States, pickled cucumbers may be linked to anti-hypertensive qualities. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) have shown the production of certain bioactive peptides that are known to be anti-hypertensive are in pickled cucumbers. Suzanne Johanningsmeier, USDA ARS research food technologist, …

Living with Fusarium Wilt

Abbey Taylor Cucurbits, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Watermelon

With multiple races that are increasingly aggressive, fusarium wilt has been a challenging disease for watermelon growers and a tough nut to crack for southeastern researchers. Nicholas Dufault, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida, says all races of fusarium wilt occur in Florida, but each is a little different. Fusarium wilt …

Roundup Presents Challenges for Growers

Alison DeLoach Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach A well-known herbicide for growers, glyphosphate (Roundup), can cause harm to crops if not properly applied. According to Stanly Culpepper, weed scientist with the University of Georgia, when applied too close to planting or when the application rate is too high, Roundup can severely damage a plant. When looking at the labels for Roundup PowerMAX II, there …

Panhandle Growers See Major Losses from Michael

Breanna Kendrick Cucurbits, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle hard. Farmers across this region have lost some, if not all, of their crops. Josh Freeman, associate professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, surveyed the area of Gadsden and Jackson counties for crop damages. …

Squish Squash Bugs in Your Production System

Abbey Taylor Cucurbits, Pests, Top Posts

Squash bugs can be tricky to find and even more of a struggle to kill. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, says he has gotten several calls from producers about squash bug infestations. According to Majumdar, there are no easy solutions to squash bug infestations, which is why this pest continues to be a major issue …

Organic Watermelon Research in Georgia

Abbey Taylor Cucurbits, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Jaci Schreckengost University of Georgia (UGA) researchers are examining different aspects of organic watermelon production to help give growers the best season possible in 2018. George Boyhan, professor and Extension vegetable specialist at UGA, said that aspects of organic watermelon production, such as breeding and spacing, are being studied. Having data on these subjects can help researchers give growers …

Watermelon Disease Watch

Abbey Taylor Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

Florida watermelon growers are constantly faced with the challenge of disease management. Whether it’s diseases vectored by whiteflies or fungal diseases such as fusarium wilt, once a crop is infected, the results can be detrimental. Nicholas Dufault, assistant professor of plant pathology and Extension specialist at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, has been studying ways growers can manage …