The watermelon industry is extremely popular in Georgia, with watermelons grown on an estimated 20,000 acres per year. Still, consistently making a profit requires constant innovation and hard work.
Picking, grading, packing and shipping melons remains the most costly aspect of watermelon production. Irrigating fields and applying newer, more effective fungicides to combat the diseases of watermelon are also two of the more expensive input costs.
Scientists with UGA Extension and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences conduct research trials to aid farmers in producing a cost-efficient and high-yielding watermelon crop.
Lab Testing and Analysis Services Testing for soil, plant tissue, water quality, animal waste, feeds and forages, pesticides, and much more!
On-Site and Telephone Consultation Available in many county offices for ag producers.
Organic Agriculture Certificate Program Understand organic agriculture production in the southeastern United States.
Pesticide Safety Education Program Topics include pest identification, storage and disposal, pesticide drift and runoff prevention, water quality protection, and food safety.
Production Meetings Updates on local issues for growers and producers.
- UGA Weed Control Programs for Watermelon in 2017 (C 1080) When it comes to growing commercial watermelons, crop rotation, tillage, and a sound herbicide program are all often critical components for long-term success. This circular focuses on developing soun…
- Fusarium Wilt of Watermelon in Georgia (B 1485) Watermelon production faces many challenges in Georgia. The warm, humid climate favors numerous foliar diseases. Because of the long history of watermelon production in Georgia, soilborne diseases suc…
Dutta Honored Tifton-based scientist will be honored at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Dec. 4.
Watermelon Crop Downy mildew thrives in wet, humid conditions, using moisture on the plant's surface for successful spore germination.
Watermelon Crop UGA tests between 25 and 30 varieties of watermelons to get a good sample of what's on the market.
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Displaying farm gate values for 2016. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.