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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  • Sunscalding UGA Extension urges growers to rotate chemical applications consisting of calcium nitrate to protect their crops from the sun. By Clint Thompson | Published: 06/14/19
  • Downy Mildew All of Georgia's cucurbit crops are susceptible to downy mildew, which can affect plants' foliage and cause the leaves to curl and die. By Clint Thompson | Published: 06/04/19
  • Award Winners Tim Coolong received the Donnie H. Morris Award of Excellence in Extension. By Clint Thompson, Julie Jernigan | Published: 01/17/19
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Top Watermelon Producers
County Name Value
Crisp $19,394,375
Tift 14,630,100
Turner 13,814,100
Dooly 10,901,250
Wilcox 8,532,000
Cook 7,125,500
Berrien 6,599,230
Sumter 4,742,300
Lee 4,698,000
Dodge 4,584,000
State Total: $134,853,988

Displaying farm gate values for 2017. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.