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.

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  • Watermelon Crop Except for 200 to 300 acres, the majority of this year's watermelon crop has already been harvested. By Clint Thompson | Published: 08/02/17
  • Watermelon Diseases Diseases could impact yields if farmers don't maintain a stringent treatment program this growing season. By Clint Thompson | Published: 06/22/17
  • Fusarium Wilt UGA's Bhabesh Dutta encouraged by first round of research trials testing fumigation against fusarium wilt. By Clint Thompson | Published: 06/06/17
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Top Watermelon Producers
County Name Value
Crisp $17,953,275
Tift 15,092,000
Turner 9,424,800
Cook 8,230,500
Dooly 8,000,000
Berrien 7,290,092
Worth 7,071,300
Wilcox 6,321,180
Lee 5,517,600
Tattnall 3,460,200
State Total: $124,526,870

Displaying farm gate values for 2015. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.