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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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    Fusarium Rapid Test UGA scientists have developed a faster way to diagnose Fusarium wilt. By Josh Paine | Published: 02/24/21
  • Protecting Seasonal Workers
    Protecting Seasonal Workers Increase in COVID-19 infections among seasonal workers in Florida puts Georgia producers on alert. By Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva | Published: 06/18/20
  • Sunscalding
    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
Top Watermelon Producers
County Name Value
Crisp $17,107,200
Turner 13,491,000
Telfair 12,498,200
Tift 12,000,000
Colquitt 8,500,000
Worth 8,500,000
Wilcox 8,460,000
Cook 7,055,000
Tattnall 6,169,608
Berrien 6,165,000
State Total: $142,669,420

Displaying farm gate values for 2022. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.