Objectives(s) of Pickling Cucumber Research and Education:
This research explores and identifies new pickling cucumber cultivar and variety releases and production practices for their suitability, marketability, growth and production characteristics, pollination management, bacterial and fungal disease monitoring and control, cucumber beetle emergence & control, plant population studies, herbicide observations, machine harvest versus hand harvest comparison trials and irrigation requirements under typical south central Ohio growing season to introduce this cropping system in Ohio.
Planned Scope of Research:
Crop performance evaluations were monitored and recorded relative to standard varieties and growing practices at the OSU South Centers research farm and on farm research conducted on cooperating growers farms. At each harvest yield data and crop quality attributes were observed and recorded. Plant growth characteristics, insect and disease susceptibility and tolerance, and system economics were monitored and recorded.
Potential outcomes & significance of outcomes:
These research trials assist with the identification of new cultivars and crop management options that can increase the profitability of Ohio growers and introduce machine harvest pickling cucumber production as an option for Ohio farms. Research began in 2004 and on farm research projects continue today.
Pickling Cucumber varieties include: Cobra, Intimidator, and Talladaga
- 2007 Cucumber Beetle Management Report
- 2004 Evaluation of Food Waste Vermicompost on Seedling Greenhouse Cucumber Growth