Melons

New Seminis watermelon variety available

The Seminis Bottle Rocket watermelon variety is now available for U.S. growers to purchase; previously trialed under precommercial designation SV7112WA. This new product is a 36-count watermelon featuring a dark mottled stripe rind pattern with... more »

Winter melons: A new crop for Michigan growers

Winter melon or Chinese wax gourd (Benincasa hispida) is used extensively in Southeast Asian cuisine. It is used in soups and stir fries of various kinds from India through China. It can also be stored... more »

Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Seedway partner for watermelon plant

Seminis Vegetable Seeds and Seedway are collaborating to sell Seminis watermelon plants through the Seedway Sowlogic plant program. In addition to being able to purchase watermelon seeds directly from Seminis, growers in Florida, Georgia, North... more »

UGA researchers fight fruit disease with naturally occurring bacteria

Georgia farmers struggle to control bacterial fruit blotch (BFB), but University of Georgia plant pathologists have discovered that naturally occurring bacteria can combat the disease. The disease initially devastated watermelon crops in the 1980s. It... more »

Obituary: Arnold H. Mack

Arnold H. Mack, a leader in the U.S. watermelon and potato industries, has died. Mack, who founded Mack Farms, in Lake Wales, Fla., a watermelon and potato growing and packing operation, passed away on April... more »

Van Groningen & Sons adds organic watermelons to line

Van Groningen & Sons, Inc. of Manteca, California will be adding organic seedless and organic mini personal size watermelons to their spring lineup shipping from the Imperial Valley of California. Harvest will begin around May... more »

Projects follow salmonella’s route through irrigation water

A pair of research projects that focus on salmonella and its relationship to irrigation water are designed to help Southeastern producers better understand associated risks and steps they can take to address them. The first... more »

Center for Produce Safety announces $20,000,000 campaign

Since its inception in 2007, the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has provided $16.4 million to fund produce safety research. To expand this work, the center announced the “Campaign for Produce Safety,” a fundraising initiative... more »


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