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Cover Crops of Hybrid Common Vetch Reduce Fusarium Wilt of Seedless Watermelon in the Eastern United States

A. P. Keinath, R. L. Hassell, K. L. Everts, and X.-G. Zhou

September 2010


The objectives of this study were to: (i) compare ‘Cahaba White’ hybrid common vetch to hairy vetch for suppression of Fusarium wilt; (ii) compare vetch cover crop performance in South Carolina and Maryland; (iii) determine if vetch cover cropping improved control of Fusarium wilt with a cultivar moderately resistant to race 1 planted in soil infested with a mixture of races; and (iv) calculate the economic costs and returns of vetch cover cropping in seedless watermelon production.


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