South Georgia is on the brink of starting its watermelon harvest season. If farmers hope to capitalize with multiple harvests, they may need to apply chemical applications to protect against sunburn, which has been one of the few concerns during the production season.
CucCAP plant pathologist Tony Keinath recently reported in The South Carolina Grower that Fusarium wilt disease is becoming more widespread in watermelon fields in South Carolina.
The Vegetable & Specialty Crops Newsletter is an online publication focusing on news for vegetable growers in the Southeast. The April edition includes news of interest to watermelon producers.
Growers can protect against Fusarium wilt disease by checking their seedlings for wilting symptoms before transplanting, monitoring plants in the field, and timing fungicide applications.