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different from those of control plots. Fruit weights. Individual fruit fresh weights of K-treated fruit did not differ significantly from those of fruit from control plots. However, fruit counts from treated plots were slightly greater than those from control plots (data not shown), potentially accounting for the increased yields. Conclusions This study generally supports previous controlled environment findings that supplementing soil K supply with foliar K applications during fruit development and maturation can improve muskmelon fruit quality by increasing firmness, sugar content and perhaps yield under unfavorable environmental conditions. Current data also provides additional evidence of differences among potential foliar K sources, with KNO3 consistently having the least beneficial effects on fruit yield and quality. Dr. Jifon is an associate professor of plant physiology at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco, and Dr. Lester is research plant physiologist at the USDA-ARS Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Center in Weslaco, Texas.
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