Cucurbit resources

AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial cucurbit production. The available reports and resources are listed below. 


DISEASES OF CUCURBITS:

Blossom end rot

Research project FV 443: Courgettes - Review of blossom end rot - causes and potential solutions




OTHER TOPICS ON CUCURBITS:

Energy

Research project FV 838: FV 383: Energy efficiency case studies for field vegetables enterprises


Food safety

How to keep fresh produce safe to eat

Monitoring microbial food safety of fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Disinfecting irrigation water for use on fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Keeping it clean

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Managing risk in the production of fresh produce


Labour and skills

Edible horticulture skills survey

Video: Webinar - Operating in a reduced labour market

Video: Webinar - Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture


Nutrient management

Green manures – effects on soil nutrient management and soil physical and biological properties

Green manures – implications of economic and environmental benefits on rotational management

Green manures – species selection

Introduction to fertigation

Outdoor Cucurbits: Nutrient Deficiencies & Physiological Disorders

Research project FV 457: Calcium Nutrition in Cucurbits


Pests

Rodent control on farms

Managing rabbit problems associated with horticulture


Pollination

Cucurbit pollination

Research project CP 118: Cucurbit pollination: mechanisms and management to optimise field crop quality and quantity


Soils

How to count earthworms

Measuring soil nutrients, pH and organic matter

Video: The worm count test

Video: How to conduct a quick assessment of your soils

Video: Webinar - Soil health for horticulture

Video: Webinar - Soil health improvement – Cover crops and organic amendments


Storage

Cucurbits storage review

Improving pumpkin storage

How to reduce pumpkin storage losses

Research project FV 439: Cucurbits - Identifying pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest management practices capable of reducing losses of pumpkins during storage


Water

Establishing a resilient water supply




Useful links

Identification and management of nematodes in field crops

Outdoor Cucurbits Crop Walkers’ Guide

Management of farmland birds on vegetable farms

Rodent control on farms

Read about how to keep fresh produce safe to eat

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