The 2018 Florida watermelon season posed challenges for most growers that resulted in lower yeilds and higher fruit prices. High prices were necessary for farmers to be profitable this year due to the challenges that they had early in the season with freeze events, the need to replant, and some unusually rainy periods during the […]
A lot of watermelon growers have had to deal with hollow heart this season. It’s not known for certain what causes hollow heart, but research is pointing toward pollination deficiency. Hollow heart is a separation of the cells in the flesh of the fruit, which causes a fissure to form. A fissure can form from […]
Some of our newest experimental varieties shown at the trial featured Fusarium race 2 tolerance plus stronger vines for full season harvesting versatility. Varieties currently available, including Melody and Excursion, also performed well under high-stress conditions at the Naples station.
In its 86th year as the only North American non-profit trialing organization for plants that demonstrate great garden performance, All-America Selections (AAS) Winners are evaluated by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grow them next to comparisons that are considered best in class. Bred by Asia Seed Co., Ltd., Melon Orange SilverWave F1 is a regional […]
One Canadian family applies its expertise to guide Big Marble Farms, the largest produce greenhouse operation in Alberta, into the future. Big Marble Farms grows Long English Cucumbers and Mini Cucumbers. The Long English Cucumbers fill about 21 acres of production space, and its Mini Cucumbers fill about 14 acres. The offerings and how the […]
Sawyer On Crops: Seed Corn Maggots In Melons – This Is A Tough One – Podcast Posted on April 15, 2018 By Andrew Sawyer, Extension Coordinator, Wilcox County, Georgia Seed corn maggots have hit watermelons in some south Georgia counties and have taken out up to 30% of the plant population in some fields. This is […]
Pumpkins have become a major fall crop for many Michigan producers and planting time plays an important role in crop yields. In Michigan, the thought used to be that planting could be as late as June 25, primarily because this meant less time spent battling powdery mildew in September. With availability of new varieties and […]
Source: Vegetable and Specialty Crop News ….aspects of organic watermelon production, such as breeding and spacing, are being studied. Having data on these subjects can help researchers give growers the best options and advice when the next growing season comes around.