Melons

G&R Farms hires Vidalia onions veteran

G&R Farms has added Rawls Neville as sales manager. A Vidalia onion industry veteran, Neville joined the third generation southeast Georgia Vidalia onion grower on April 1. Neville began his career as a farm hand... more »

Avoiding errors helps Leger & Son successfully grow watermelons

Before Leger & Son can harvest a single watermelon, there are many considerations: soil health, pests and disease challenges, and water availability. Nearly six decades after the family began farming watermelons, the third-generation company grows... more »

Ark Foods introduces mini watermelons

Ark Foods, the modern-day farming company on a mission to showcase the magic of vegetables, is expanding into fruit with a pilot project for watermelons. The company has a trial of four specialty watermelon varieties,... more »

Eagle Produce recalls cantaloupe due to salmonella concerns

Eagle Produce LLC, Scottsdale, Arizona, has recalled 6,456 cases of whole Kandy brand cantaloupe because of the possibility they may be contaminated with salmonella. The company issued the recall after a routine test by the... more »

California melon growers applaud crop despite delay

California farmers say this season’s melon crop was delayed by about two weeks due to cool temperatures and wet fields, which affected early harvest of watermelons, cantaloupes and honeydews. It postponed melon deliveries to supermarkets... more »

UF disease, water info help Florida watermelon growers’ bumper crop

Excellent crop care including disease management and extended water and nutrient programs from University of Florida Extension personnel are important in helping Florida growers supply the watermelons that many Americans enjoy during the heat of... more »

Enza Zaden celebrates breeding success stories

Since 1938, Enza Zaden has been expanding the reach of its seed breeding to include countries all over the world. Eighty-five years later, the company employs more than 2,000 people, and reinvests 30% of sales... more »

GFVGA comments on FDA salmonella report, recommendations

A recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report on a summer 2022 outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to cantaloupe illustrates the agency’s disconnect with its food safety mission, according to the Georgia Fruit and... more »

UF students learn growing skills in horticultural sciences teaching garden

Luminous yellow squash, bright red turnips and blooming artichokes are only some of the crops that were grown this spring in University of Florida’s Horticultural Sciences Teaching Garden. The garden is an experiential learning garden... more »

California cantaloupe growers report delayed planting

California cantaloupe farmers are overjoyed with the amount of rainfall received this winter and for the welcome relief to severe drought conditions that have impacted growing areas for the past several years. Although rainfall was... more »

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