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Field Preparation
Early production of cantaloupe in the desert southwestern U.S. uses a mid-bed trench system.  The field is seeded in a trench in the top of the bed and covered in plastic to form a miniature greenhouse.  This protects plants from frost and heats soil to promote quick germination.  As plants enlarge, plastic will be removed.  January 1996
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Imperial County, California, United States


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Violales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucumis
Subject: Cucumis melo L
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Image uploaded:
Monday, August 17, 2009
Image last updated:
Monday, June 18, 2012