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High Tunnel Cucumber Trial, 2012

Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

March 7, 2013

High Tunnel Cucumber Trial, 2012
Greenhouse cucumbers, if marketed successfully, can be a high revenue crop in tunnels. Advantages include:
-  High quality fruit
-  Decreased downy mildew
-  Quicker yields than tomatoes

Disadvantages include:
-  Powdery Mildew
-  Spider Mites
-  Higher labor than tomatoes

The Cornell Vegetable Program worked with several seed companies to conduct a variety trial of high tunnel cucumbers in 2012.

Conclusions
Cucumbers remain an underutilized crop in Northeast high tunnels. The varieties in this trial exceeded 10 lbs of fruit in just 10 weeks of production . As more tunnel growers look to create rotations which accommodate cool season greens, cucumbers provide greater flexibility than tomatoes, which require 6-7 months in the soil to reach maximum economic return. However, cucumbers are more likely to suffer from pests such as mites and thrips, which increases input costs for control measures. Labor on cucumbers is also higher than that of tomatoes.

Read the full report below.

The Cornell Vegetable Program and cooperating grower express gratitude to Harris Seed and Bejo Seed for their collaboration in this project.

2012 High Tunnel Cucumber Trial Full Report (pdf; 576KB)

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