2023 SeedLinked Specialty Moschata Trial – Comparing Tillage

Winter squash varieties have been anecdotally reported to perform very differently in full vs reduced tillage systems. In this trial we are testing 10 specialty moschata types, from exciting new releases to underappreciated heirlooms. This trial includes Autumn Frost, Long Island Cheese, Black Futsu, Autumn Crown, Cheese Culinary Pumpkin, Seminole, Doran Round, and Gouda Winter Squash varieties (all either untreated or certified organic). Everyone loves butternut, but specialty Cucurbita moschata squash can be even more delicious than usual butternuts, and their unique shapes make them a perfect decorative piece on a kitchen or farmers market table. In this trial we are especially interested in comparing standard tillage vs reduced tillage systems.