Melons

Sweetness, texture keys for Georgia watermelons

Usually, Georgia watermelon growers aspire to produce high yields of a sweet crop, but they shouldn’t ignore firmness and texture, according to Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist.

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Crop mix keeps customers coming back for more

When the Erbs talk about the diversity of their crops, they're not exaggerating. They grow 74 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 54 varieties of peaches and nectar... more

Why are twospotted spider mites such problems lately?

This has been an odd season, like most of them I guess, with lots of rain when we normally have drought and cool temperatures when we normally have he... more »

Seedless watermelons focus of grafting study

Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot, Florida summer day. University of Florida scientists ... more »

Cucumber downy mildew confirmed in Dorchester County, Maryland

Downy mildew on cucumber was confirmed in Dorchester County, Maryland on June 21. The cucumber crop should be protected with a fungicide that targets ... more »

Rainy month increases likelihood for watermelon diseases

June’s rainfall increased the potential for diseases to strike south Georgia watermelon fields, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Exten... more »

A new tool used for melon grower-shippers to protect shipments

  DFI Marketing Inc., one of the largest melon grower-packer-marketers in the US with thousands of acres under management, announced June 6 th... more »

Fumigation a tool for Georgia watermelon farmers fighting fusarium wilt disease

Fusarium wilt is on the rise in Georgia watermelon fields. University of Georgia scientists are studying whether this fungal disease can be managed th... more »

Striped and spotted cucumber beetles as pests of cucurbits in Michigan

Striped and spotted cucumber beetles attack a variety of cucurbit crops, including winter and summer squash, cucumber and watermelon. While cucumber b... more »

James Edens, North Carolina watermelon industry supporter, dies

James Nathaniel Edens, Jr., 85, of Scotts Hill, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Mr. Edens was a long-time board mem... more »

Clemson researchers emphasize fungicides in fight against watermelon blight

South Carolina watermelon producers now have information they need to make their 2017 crops more profitable with the release of the updated Watermelon... more »

Squash bugs as pests of cucurbits in Michigan

Cucurbits in Michigan are vulnerable to squash bug damage throughout the growing season. Squash bugs prefer pumpkin and squash, but will feed on other... more »


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