Evaluating vegetable varieties for organic systems
CSANR Project 014
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.