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Winter Squash: Production and Storage of a Late Winter Local Food

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  • Winter squash is an important late winter vegetable crop for local and regional markets; however, farmers in western Oregon report that this crop is marginally profitable due to losses in storage and relatively low yields for the high culinary value kabocha and buttercup types. In order to increase the sales and consumption of locally grown and stored winter squash from December through March, this thesis uses the following strategy: 1) identify high yielding kabocha and buttercup varieties, 2) describe the relationship between planting density, yield, and the components of yield in order to increase crop productivity, 3) identify long storing, rot resistant varieties, 4) determine if barn bay storage conditions are effective, and 5) evaluate the potential of varieties for dryland production (zero irrigation). Field and storage trials were conducted in 2016 and 2017, and the findings from these experiments provide clear choices for growers regarding winter squash varieties that are suitable for irrigated and dryland production, varieties that are long storing and rot resistant, as well as effective and economical storage conditions.
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  • Wetzel, J. and A. Stone. 2018. Winter squash: the production and storage of a late winter local food. Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, MS Thesis
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