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Group Title: Research Report - University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences , Central Florida Research and Education Center ; 96-04
Title: Zucchini and acorn squash variety trial
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Title: Zucchini and acorn squash variety trial
Series Title: Research Report - University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences , Central Florida Research and Education Center ; 96-04
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Language: English
Creator: Hancik, Ivalou D.
White, J. Marion
Publisher: University of Florida, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, Central Florida Research and Education Center
Publication Date: 1995
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciencqs
CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH AND EDUCATE, N CENTER
Sanford, FL. 32771-9608 Marston Science
Library
Research Report SAN 96-04 Augusi.295
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ZUCCHINI AND ACORN SQUASH VARIETY TRIAL
University of Florida
Ivalou D. Hancik and J. Marion White Uiv y f Flo


This report summarizes the evaluations of 10 cultivars/breeding lines of zucchini and
three lines of acorn squash. Entries were evaluated for adaptability to Florida's spring
production conditions. The field was prepared (fertilized and pesticide applied) on March 17 -
20, 1995, as per guidelines suggested in the Extension Service Control Guide; raised beds were
formed and covered with black plastic mulch. Squash seeds were planted by hand in hills (2-3
seeds/hill) 24" apart in 25' long plots on March 21, 1995. City of Sanford reclaimed water
was used to overhead irrigate this trial on an as-needed basis; currently, this application is only
permitted when vegetables are to be thermally processed.

Zucchini harvesting began on April 27, 1995, and concluded with the eighth harvest on
May 26, 1995. Acorn squash was harvested at maturity on June 12, 1995. Yield data and
other characteristics rated in this trial are found in Table 1; weather data are recorded in Table
2.

SUMMARY

Zucchini Squash Trial

A portion of the zucchini field was improperly treated with herbicide, resulting in the
loss of approximately two-thirds of this trial. As a result, no data were collected for entries
FMX 576 and ZS7. Average yield data are presented here for the remaining entries, however,
the data were not sufficient to generate meaningful statistical analyses.

Total marketable yield, expressed as 42-lb bushels/acre, ranged from 239-580. Early
(first three harvests) marketable yield ranged from 137-346 bushels/acre.

Total cull weight ranged from 58-255 bushels acre; early cull weight (first three
harvests) ranged from 14-175 bushels/acre.

Both Tigress and Embassy were noted to be very long. Agriset 780 had a somewhat
mottled appearance with whitish spots/stripes. ZS12 consistently produced very dark green
fruit with pointy shape.








Acorn Squash Trial


Three lines of acorn squash were evaluated in this trial. These lines produced large
quantities of fruit; average individual fruit weight was above 1.5 lb in all three lines. Acorn
squash was harvested 83 days after planting; at harvest, some sun scalding of the fruit was
noted. This problem may be overcome by altering the planting date and/or by maintaining a
healthy plant canopy until the fruit is harvested. All three lines seem to have potential for
development in the central Florida area.

This report is not intended to recommend one variety over another, but rather is meant
as a general guideline for variety selection. Different field locations, planting dates, and
cultural practices may alter the performance of these squash lines; growers should be mindful
of this variability when selecting a new variety and planting small test areas of new varieties
may be advisable.

Seeds were obtained from the following cooperators:

AG Agrisales, Inc., P. O. Box 2060, Plant City, FL 33564-2060
AS Asgrow Seed Co., 7000 Portage Road, Kalamzoo, MI 49001
FM Ferry-Morse Seed Co., Box 392, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
HM Harris Moran Seed Co., P. O. Box 3091, Modesto, CA 95352
PS Petoseed Co., P. O. Box 4206, Saticoy, CA 93007-4206
RO Rogers Seed Co., P. O. Box 4188, Boise, ID 83711-4188









Table 1. Zucchini and


Entry


Sunnlier


acorn squash variety trial Sanford, FL 1995.


Tot.
mkt


Yield
Early
mkt.


(bu/A
Total
cull


Early
cull


QShaney Colorx'


Notes


FMX 718
ZS4
Tigress
Spineless
Beauty
Sensation

Senator
Agriset 780
ZS12
Embassy
Agriset 840


FM
RO
HM

RO
AS


580
530
527


346
355
270


508 189
447 232


284
243
192
135
37


153
230
163

76
128

208
146
58
255
167


white spots/stripes
dark green, pointy
very long


zFirst three harvests April 27, May 3, May 8
YRated 1, poor to 5, good
xRated 1, light gray/green to 5, dark green


Acorn squash variety trial Sanford, FL 1995


Avg. fruit Total
Entry Supplier bu/A wt. (lb) cull

XPH1755 AS 1243 1.53 0
Tay Belle AS 1181 1.59 0
XPH 1756 AS 1028 1.66 0


Table 2. Temperature and rainfall at CFREC-Sanford during
the 1995 growing season (March 21 June 12).

Daily temperature (oF) Rainfall
Date Maximum Minimum (inches)


March 21 31
April 1 30
May 1 31
une 1 12


0.00
2.91
3.29
3.09


A4 .


very long


.ntrv m mkt




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