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…

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…

Pros and Cons of Growing Hard Squash in the Spring

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Georgia growers may want to consider growing hard squash in the spring. Timothy Coolong, an associate professor at the University of Georgia, says growing hard squash in the spring has some great advantages. Hard squash is incredibly vulnerable to viruses transmitted from aphids. In the spring, the aphid population is significantly lower than in the…

New Method Could Quash Squash Pests

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    Florida grows more zucchini squash than anywhere else in America – to the tune of $70 million a year. To help improve production, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are developing a method to keep squash pests at bay. For a newly published study, Janine Spies, a post-doctoral researcher in…