August 13, 2022

Growing Winter Squash as a Specialty Crop in Northern Nevada

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Many producers in northern Nevada are looking for specialty crops for their farms. Winter squash, a member of the cucurbit family, maybe a good candidate for crop production. Winter squash production requires low capital investment in terms of seed, low input, and labor requirements during the growing season. This video covers the winter squash production system in northern Nevada and discusses six aspects: background on winter squash production, field preparation, irrigation, planting, growth and pests, and flowering and harvesting of winter squash.

Assistant Professor – Field Crop Specialist, Maninder Walia, Ph.D.
Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator, Melody Hefner, M.S.
Videographer, Editor and Narrator, David J. Harrison, Ph.D.

Thanks to Lattin Farms, Fallon, Nevada

Photographic References

Gailhampshire. (2014). Parastic mite [Photograph].

All other photographs provided by Wendy Mazet, plant diagnostician, University of Nevada, Reno Extension

Brandenberger, L., J. Shrefler, J. Damicone and E. Rebek. 2019. Squash and Pumpkin Production. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service HLA-6026.
Leap, J., D. Wong and K. Yogg-Comerchero. 2017. Organic Winter Squash Production on California’s Central Coast: A Guide for Beginning Specialty Crop Growers. Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Growers Guide.
Walker, S. Revised May 2018. Commercial Pumpkin Production for New Mexico. New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service Guide H-231.

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