Production Guide for Organic Cucumbers and Squash
This guide for organic production of pickling cucumbers and butternut squash provides an outline of cultural and pest management practices and includes topics that have an impact on improving plant health and reducing pest problems. It is divided into sections, but the interrelated quality of organic cropping systems makes each section relevant to the others.
More research about how to best grow crops organically is needed, especially in the area of pest management. This guide attempts to compile the most current information available, but acknowledges that effective means of control are not available for some pests. Future revisions will incorporate new information providing organic growers with a complete set of useful practices to help them achieve success.
This guide uses the term integrated pest management (IPM), which has an affinity to organic production in its emphasis on the use of cultural practices to minimize pest outbreaks. With the limited pest control products available for use in many organic production systems, an integrated approach to pest management is essential. IPM techniques such as keeping accurate pest history records, selecting the proper site, and preventing pest outbreaks through use of crop rotation, resistant varieties and biological controls will be important to producing a high quality crop.