Flavorful Fruit Yields Sweet Results for Melon Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts, Watermelon

Southeast watermelon growers delivered a flavorful crop this year that yielded a sweet price at the market, said Mark Arney, executive director of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  “We’re happy, we’re happy for the guys. Obviously, the guys that didn’t have a crop, it doesn’t matter how hot the market is, they’re not going to make money. We feel terrible …

FWA Annual Meeting Postponed Until 2021

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Watermelon

In an email sent to Florida Watermelon Association members, President Mark Bryan confirmed that this year’s annual convention scheduled for November has been postponed until 2021. Next year’s convention dates will be Oct. 27-29 at the Rosen Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Watermelon Market Continues to Produce Sweet Results for Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Watermelon

The watermelon market continues to be a sweet success for producers in the Southeast. One South Georgia watermelon farmer attests to the strong season he and his colleagues have had this year. Bill Brim, co-owner of Lewis Taylor Farms, said on July 10 that he is had an “excellent year” with his watermelon crop. “Prices dropped a little bit after …

Watermelon Shortage? One Farmer Thinks So

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson Watermelon producers continue to enjoy high prices, though, there may soon be a shortage. Carr Hussey, a watermelon farmer in Florida and Alabama and chairman of the board of the Florida Watermelon Association, said there may soon be a shortage as producers in the Southeast region finish harvesting their crop, while the northern states are still not …

Watermelon Prices High, Supply Low

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By Clint Thompson Watermelon prices remain high for farmers in the Southeast. Unfortunately, there’s not enough crop ready for producers to take advantage, according to Bill Brim, co-owner of Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, Georgia. “Prices are still good. They’re around $155 to $160 a bin. There’s not many melons out there that’s ready right now. It’s unfortunate,” said Brim, …

Downy Mildew Found on Watermelon in South Carolina

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According to the The South Carolina Grower, downy mildew disease was found Wednesday in one watermelon field in Bamberg County, South Carolina. Justin Ballew, Clemson Extension commercial horticulture agent, said all growers should immediately spray watermelon with Ranman, Revus, or Gavel to protect their crops from the disease. In addition to direct yield loss, loss of vine cover can expose …

Sweet Market for Melon Farmers

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By Clint Thompson Watermelon prices are holding strong for Southeast farmers, according to one South Georgia producer. Terrell Rutland believes extenuating circumstances could help extend the strong market, currently at 20 cents per pound, for growers an extra few weeks. “Anything north got frost bit about the first of May. Florida is through so that kind of puts us in …

Watermelon Board Pivots Nutrition Education Strategy to Digital Model

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With growing season in and home schooling out, NWPB is meeting an essential need for parents working from home and teachers preventing the summer slide WINTER SPRINGS, FL — June 3, 2020 — The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) is realigning resources to adapt to a new climate while focusing on summer sales. Unlike years past when summer months meant in-person …