Melons

Georgia watermelon season peaks this week

Now just a few short weeks away from July 4, the Georgia watermelon harvest season is nearing its peak production time.  “Now is the time to go visit your grocery store or local farmers market... more »

Fisher Ranch uses AgroFresh’s technology to get high-quality melons

AgroFresh Solutions Inc., a producer of freshness solutions, and family-owned grower and shipper Fisher Ranch recently partnered to deliver melons from California to global markets using SmartFresh technology. According to a news release, with the... more »

2020 Georgia watermelon season kicks off June 3

The 2020 Georgia watermelon crop is expected to have the crisp, sweet flavor and high quality unique to Georgia watermelon. According to a news release, while Georgia has had a relatively cool spring, consumers should... more »

Cantaloupe diseases present differently than in watermelon

Watermelon is the key cucurbit in South Carolina, but the Eastern-type cantaloupes grown for muskmelon are important, too, and both face immense pressure from foliar disease. The fungicide program for watermelon is well developed, but... more »

Why the juice is worth the squeeze this Florida watermelon season

Watermelons are one of the most iconic and important crops in the Suwannee Valley are beginning to fill fields unaware of the uncertain times that the COVID-19 pandemic brings. In contrast, the farmers who grow... more »

With crops in the ground, Florida watermelon growers face uncertainty

Today, as fruit and vegetable farmers in south Florida decide what to do with produce once destined for now-closed schools and restaurants, watermelon farmers in north Florida have recently finished planting their crop. Given the... more »

Take care with postharvest cantaloupe, summer squash

Cantaloupe and summer squash are important cucurbits in the Southeastern U.S. but how they’re handled postharvest is key to shelf life and quality. For cantaloupe, poor handling is the No. 1 cause of postharvest quality... more »

California vegetable value goes up while acres down

The value of California’s 2019 utilized vegetable production rose to $7.864 billion, 7.3% above the 2018 value according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Pacific Regional Field Office. Increases in the value of... more »

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