Plant Science Department
muskmelon, cantaloupe, mushmelon, cucumis melo, cucurbitaceae
The muskmelon is a popular crop although not an easy one to grow in all parts of South Dakota. But in many localized areas it is grown in market and truck gardens as a specialty crop. Muskmelons are generally considered a warm-season crop. They require soil temperatures of at least 55° F; even below 60°F, growth is slow. Muskmelons are stunted by chilling temperatures (33° to 45°F) and are readily killed by frost.
Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University, Brookings
Prasher, P., "Muskmelons" (1978). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 172.