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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  • 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. By Clint Thompson | Published: 07/10/18
  • Watermelon Crop Downy mildew thrives in wet, humid conditions, using moisture on the plant's surface for successful spore germination. By Clint Thompson | Published: 05/23/18
  • Watermelon Crop UGA tests between 25 and 30 varieties of watermelons to get a good sample of what's on the market. By Clint Thompson, Julie Jernigan | Published: 03/29/18
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Top Watermelon Producers
County Name Value
Crisp $14,838,230
Tift 14,630,100
Dooly 10,374,000
Turner 9,814,500
Worth 9,315,000
Berrien 8,829,640
Wilcox 8,357,000
Cook 7,125,500
Dodge 4,788,000
Colquitt 4,353,860
State Total: $124,491,830

Displaying farm gate values for 2016. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.