NC State & UT Horticulture collaborate with Ashe County Extension on 2019 Pumpkin Variety Trials
Collaborators on the 2019 Pumpkin Cuiltigen Variety Trials include NC State University Horticultural Science Vegetable Extension and Post Harvest Physiology Researchers, University of Tennessee Vegetable Extension, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center, and the Upper Mountain Research Station staff. Pumpkin cultigen evaluation studies have been conducted jointly by North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee for over a decade. In order to conduct the pumpkin variety trials in an area of extensive pumpkin production, the 2018 and 2019 trials were moved to the Upper Mountain Research Station in Laurel Springs, NC after being conducted at the Mountain Research Station at Waynesville, NC in previous years.
Annual Pumpkin Variety Trials conducted by Vegetable Extension
Ashe County Agricultural Extension Agent Travis Birdsell, NC State Horticultural Science Vegetable Extension Specialist Jonathan Schultheis, UT Extension Institute Commercial Vegetable Extension Specialist Annette L. Wszelaki, and NC State University Horticultural Science Research Associate Keith Starke conducted variety trials on Pumpkin and other cucurbits in the NC mountains. They were joined by research station staff, Master Gardeners, and seed company representatives for an early September crop evaluation and harvest. Over 50 varieties of pumpkin and gourds were mainly evaluated for yield and size. Each entry was also rated for shape, color, suturing, vine habit, handle characteristics, fruit size measurements and powdery mildew symptoms. An objective of the cucurbit evaluations is to identify adapted cultivars that producers can grow profitably. Visit the Cucurbit Variety Trials page to view Pumpkin Cultivar Evaluations from previous years.
Plants for Human Health Lab Studies Post Harvest Storage of Pumpkins
For more information from the postharvest physiology lab, view the NC State Extension Homegrown video, “Getting to Know Gourds“.