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cucumber, pickle, pickling, varieties, variety, trial, michigan, yield, quality, seedless, parthenocarpic, parth


A pickling cucumber variety trial was planted at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center (43.399097, -83.694497, Frankenmuth, Michigan). Bejo (BJ), Nunhems (NU), Rijk Zwaan (RZ), and Sakata (SK) seed companies donated parthenocarpic (seedless) varieties for mechanical once-over harvest. The top five varieties each had Total Percent Recovery scores of 100%. When arranged in order of their highest combined clean yields of the most profitable fruit sizes (2B + 3A + 3B), they were NU 2106 (711 bu/a), NU 2105 (699 bu/a), RZ 16 (639 bu/a), RZ 11 (446 bu/a), and BJ Aristan (303 bu/a).


In a group evaluation setting with several briners and seed company reps that occurred after I gathered my data, I was made aware that my method for measuring Total Percent Recovery was too aggressive, resulting in very low ratings for several varieties that the participants rated highly, namely RZ 79 and NU 2104.