Production and Management
Cucurbit crop production in the U.S. is broken down into seven major classes of crops: cucumber-fresh, cucumber-processing, cantaloupe, honeydew, pumpkin, squash, and watermelon. The bulk of cucurbit production is centered in a few states, such as Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Texas, California, and Georgia. Florida has been the leader in fresh market production of cucumber, squash, and watermelon, while Michigan leads production of processed cucumbers, and California and Arizona lead production of honeydews and cantaloupe. In recent years, some competition has begun on production of fresh market cucumbers from greenhouse sources. Mexico and Canada lead the countries importing fresh market cucurbits into the U.S.
A comprehensive resource for cucurbit producers is the Southeastern U.S. Vegetable Crop Handbook . This manual was developed from research and Extension projects conducted at 12 land-grant universities, including N.C. State. The handbook contains everything cucurbit growers need, including which variety to plant, planting dates, fertilizer recommendations, cover crops selection and conservation tillage options, pesticide selection, fertigation, plasticulture, postharvest handling, alternative pest management tools and more. More information is available in the following factsheets.
- A Guide to Intensive Vegetable Systems
- Commercial Production of Pickling and Slicing Cucumbers in North Carolina
- Fresh Market Production Cucumbers
- Muskmelons (Cantaloupes)
- Growing Gourds
- Growing Pumpkins and Winter Squash
- Storing Winter Squash and Pumpkins
- Summer Squash Production
- Trellised Cucumbers
- Using Plastic Mulches and Drip Irrigation for Vegetables
View the 2017 Statistics of Vegetables and Melons for the US published by USDA including Agricultural statistics for Cantaloupes, Agricultural statistics for Cucumbers, Agricultural statistics for Honeydew melons, Agricultural statistics for Pumpkin, Agricultural statistics for squash, and Agricultural statistics for watermelon in 2017.