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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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Top Watermelon Producers
County Name Value
Telfair $22,205,500
Tift 18,975,000
Crisp 17,982,000
Wilcox 14,976,000
Turner 10,218,320
Worth 9,800,000
Tattnall 9,472,920
Wheeler 9,113,750
Cook 8,312,500
Colquitt 8,310,000
State Total: $176,427,310

Displaying farm gate values for 2021. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.