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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
Crisp $18,686,160
Tift 17,754,000
Turner 16,578,000
Berrien 10,901,220
Wilcox 9,686,250
Cook 9,200,000
Telfair 9,062,500
Tattnall 8,304,000
Ben Hill 8,022,720
Mitchell 7,865,000
State Total: $158,288,446

Displaying farm gate values for 2020. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.