Melons

USDA names National Watermelon Promotion Board appointments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the appointment of nine members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2023. Members newly... more »

Georgia explores options for reducing soilborne pathogens

Georgia growers can grow watermelons without methyl bromide fumigation – they just need several other tools to pick up the slack. That’s the message University of Georgia Assistant Professor Abolfazl Hajihassani had in a paper... more »

Sun World opens new Center for Innovation

For more than three decades, Bakersfield, California-based Sun World researchers have worked diligently to develop new and more flavorful fruits and vegetables. Beginning this month, they now have an impressive new home from which to... more »

BASF to acquire melon breeding company ASL

BASF formally agreed Oct. 28 to acquire ASL, an innovative melon breeding company, to continue expanding its position as a preferred partner in the fruit and vegetable value chain. According to a news release, the transaction... more »

Watermelon grower Sarah Frey’s entrepreneurship, advocacy recognized

From a 16-year-old selling watermelons from a pickup truck to the head of a large, family-run vegetable farm operation and respected voice in the fresh produce industry, Sarah Frey’s come a long way. Frey, who... more »

Melon and watermelon: Less water consumption, better uniformity of plants

Melon and watermelon are among the most cultivated fruits in the world but, at the same time, professional producers must face various obstacles to obtain satisfactory results, first of all the high summer temperatures and... more »

Enza Zaden hosts Melon House Fair with customized visits, online access

Melon House Fair 2020 is well-known as an inspirational space for all melon professionals; a space to share knowledge and insights about the market and check the latest news of our portfolio. This year, Enza... more »

Northeast growers monitor diseases following dry June

June proved to be a dry month across much of Pennsylvania and the Northeast region except for a few areas around Harrisburg and Scranton that received normal to slight above-normal precipitation. The average precipitation across... more »


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