Evaluating vegetable varieties for organic systems

CSANR Project 014

Status: Complete

Annual Entries


Principal Investigator: Carol Miles


Principal Investigator: Carol Miles


Principal Investigator: Carol Miles
Additional Investigators: Debra Inglis
Brad Jaeckel
Rich Koenig
Progress Report: http://csanr.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2004/06/Miles_Veg_Varieties_ProgReport06.pdf
Grant Amount: $39,097


Principal Investigator: Carol Miles
Progress Report: http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/pdfs/P1815.pdf
Grant Amount: $36,003


Miles, C., K. Kolker, T. Smith, J. Reed, G. Becker, and C. Adams. 2006. Icebox watermelon variety trial in Western Washington. Hortscience 41(4):1014.

Miles, C., G. Becker, K. Kolker and M. Nicholson. 2004. Icebox watermelon variety trial. Proc. Getting the bugs to work for you: Biological Control in Organic Agriculture Symposium, November 12, 2004, Portland Oregon, p. 49.

Watermelon variety description web page http://vegetables.wsu.edu/WatermelonPhotos2006.html.

Watermelon variety performance web page http://vegetables.wsu.edu/WatermelonTable.pdf.

Impacts and Outcomes

Icebox-sized watermelon are being grown for commercial sales throughout Washington.

Approximately 400 people state wide purchased a diversity of locally grown, organic watermelons, and demand in Pullman exceeded supply.

Preferred watermelon fruit size for farmers markets and CSA farms is 10 lbs or less.

Butternut squash were shown to be productive in SW Washington. Two breeding lines showed promise for variety release and fill a new market niche for ‘mini’ butternut squash. Data was shared with the breeder, Molly Jahn, one line was released 'Honey Nut' and is for sale by High Mowing Seeds.

A WSU Emerging Issues grant was obtained to further investigate season extension and disease management for watermelon in NW Washington.


Potential for baby corn and baby butternut squash – new crops for new markets. Presentation at Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association, November 13, 2007, Kennewick, WA.

Winter vegetable crop curing and storage. Presentation at Tilth Producers of Washington, November 11, 2007, Yakima, WA.