The cucurbit family of crops consists of mainly melons, gourds, squash, and cucumbers. Of the 2.4 million acres dedicated to vegetable production in the United States, crops in the cucurbit family account for 317,500 of those acres.
Crop fertility is essential for proper fruit set and production. The most common nutrient deficiency in cucurbits is potassium and boron. To reach maturity and maximize yield, crops in the cucurbit family require various nutrients throughout the growing season.