Melons

Grafting watermelons could boost yields for California growers

As growers across California navigate severe drought, supply-chain challenges and rising inflation, reducing inputs has become an existential necessity. And for watermelon growers, a new twist on a thousands-year-old practice is showing real promise. In... more »

Downy mildew detected on Michigan cucumbers, melons

Michigan State University Extension is encouraging all Michigan cucumber and melon growers to employ downy mildew fungicides now. The first symptoms of cucurbit downy mildew disease on pickling cucumber plants in commercial production fields has... more »

AI helps detect watermelon disease quickly

If you savor a juicy watermelon in the scorching summer heat, Florida farmers toil to meet your tastes. The Sunshine State leads the nation in watermelon production. But, like all farmers, those who produce watermelons... more »

California melon crop ready for summer

As the Independence Day holiday approached, watermelon farmers were anticipating booming business. "We're encouraged because we like the way the crop looks, and it probably is going to be a steady crop," said Joe Colace,... more »

Sakata Seed America relocates, expands facilities

Sakata Seed America has two new business establishments in major California agricultural centers: Salinas Valley and Woodland. Since 1988, Sakata Seed America has operated its North American headquarters in Morgan Hill, California. The company recently... more »

National Watermelon Promotion Board: Eat the rind!

This month, the National Watermelon Promotion Board launched its largest consumer-focused campaign of the year, Use the Whole Watermelon. The campaign is designed to focus on the taste, health, economic and sustainable benefits of a... more »

Bayer, Semenis sponsor NASCAR driver and grower Ross Chastain

Vegetables by Bayer, the Bayer business unit that focuses on providing farmers with fruit and vegetable seeds and tailored solutions, and its Seminis seed brand is proud to announce that it has signed an agreement... more »

Watermelon association seeks successor to long-time executive director

Bob Morrissey, executive director of the National Watermelon Association since 2005, is planning to retire in 2023. Morrissey officially retires Feb. 26 at the end of the NWA’s annual convention in Asheville, North Carolina. [caption... more »

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