Should I trellis cucumbers?

Trellising cucumbers has several advantages. The fruit are straight, have no ground spot, and are not subject to belly rot. Belly rot is the most limiting factor in cucumber production in Mississippi. Preliminary trials at the Beaumont station show trellising may also extend the harvest season. The disadvantages of trellising have to do with the expense of erecting and maintaining the trellis.

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These watermelons at Charlie's U-Pik near Lucedale, Mississippi, are among the earliest in the state on June 3, 2015. The majority of Mississippi's 3,000 acres of commercial watermelons will be ripe the Fourth of July, but growers will be harvesting into August. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Watermelons, Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber June 19, 2015

LUCEDALE, Miss. -- Mississippi watermelon growers battled frequent rains to get their crops planted and ready in time for the Fourth of July and other summer celebrations.

David Nagel, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most of the crop is smaller and later than normal.

“If the sun doesn’t shine, the leaves don’t make sugar, plants don’t grow and we have smaller watermelons,” Nagel said. “Recent sunny days are allowing some of the crop to catch up. Melons may still be small, but they will be sweet and firm, or crisp.”

Blueberries in this Hinds County yard are beginning to ripen on June 25, 2014. A cold winter and spring delayed blueberry maturity and harvest for growers throughout the state. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
Filed Under: Watermelons, Fruit, Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber June 27, 2014

JACKSON – Party planners may have a hard time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this year.

Unfavorable weather slowed maturity and increased disease pressure for both crops. Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons are grown in the southeast quarter of the state. Acreage for both crops remains steady. Blueberry producers grow about 2,700 acres, and watermelon growers have about 2,400 acres.

Although delayed by 2013 spring weather, these watermelons soon will be leaving the Chickasaw County field owned by Kayla and Curtis Martin, just in time for July picnic tables. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
Filed Under: Watermelons, Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber June 28, 2013

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippians love Fourth of July watermelons, and the 2013 melon crop should be worth the wait after weather delays.

David Nagel, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the biggest challenge has been the slow growth rate that caused some concern that the first melons might miss the holiday celebrations. The good news is that clear, sunny days with plenty of rain along the way have combined to produce large, tasty melons.

Mississippi's watermelon growers have harvested more than 40 percent of their crop already, a 22 percent increase from the same period last year. The crop's good quality and popularity has consumers buying up the harvest quickly at farmers' markets and farm stands across the state. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
Filed Under: Watermelons, Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber June 29, 2012

MISSISSIPPI STATE – As summer temperatures soar into the triple digits, Mississippi’s sweet watermelon crop is satisfying both growers and consumers.

Chickasaw County farmer Doil Moore checks a young watermelon that will be ready before Fourth of July celebrations. (Photo by Linda Breazeale)
Filed Under: Watermelons, Fruit, Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber June 24, 2011

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi’s sunny skies are producing sweet watermelons and blueberries just in time for Fourth of July tables.

David Nagel, horticulturist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said most of the state’s fruit crops saw very little rain as they approached maturity. Fortunately, many of Mississippi’s commercial watermelon and blueberry plots have irrigation and plastic mulch to help protect plants from droughts.

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