Wildflowers Help Watermelon Pollinators

Karla Arboleda Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Karla Arboleda For greater fruit quantity and quality, growers can use wildflowers to attract watermelon pollinators. That’s what Miriam Jenkins, a graduate of Clemson University’s Wildlife and Fisheries Biology program, determined from her recent study. For pollinator-dependent crops like watermelon, adding certain wildflowers to the surrounding landscape helps create a better area for pollinators to feed. Jenkins said the …

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USDA to Survey Fruit Growers about Chemical Use

Dan Cooper Avocado, Berries, Fruit, Grapes, Industry News Release, Peaches, Pomegranates, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Watermelon

Athens, GA (USDA/NASS) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey fruit growers in 11 states, including Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, for its biennial Fruit Chemical Use Survey. The survey will collect information on bearing acreage, pest management practices, pesticide application, acres treated and rates applied for more than 12 fruit crops. “Pesticide data …

More Ways to Manage Fusarium Wilt

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Karla Arboleda Five years ago, there was no solid foundation for managing fusarium wilt in watermelons. Now, researchers have identified several techniques watermelon growers can use to help combat the disease. Nicholas Dufault, associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), says his research on the pathogen is leading to …

Fusarium Wilt Management in Watermelons

Karla Arboleda Florida, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Karla Arboleda Watermelons this season have suffered through the hot weather, and researchers in Jackson County, Florida, have been seeing mixed results with fusarium wilt management. Josh Freeman, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences associate professor of horticultural sciences, works on how to deal with the watermelon disease. “It’s really the primary soilborne disease that growers …

New Watermelon Rootstock Proves Pest, Disease Resistant

Karla Arboleda Pests, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Karla Arboleda Southeastern watermelon growers have struggled with fusarium wilt and nematodes for decades. A new rootstock may be the light at the end of the tunnel. Carolina Strongback, a new watermelon rootstock, is resistant toward fusarium wilt and nematodes. Researchers developed the watermelon line at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson University. They …

Novel Watermelon Rootstock Knocks out Disease and Pests

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts, Watermelon

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (USDA/ARS) — A new watermelon line, developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson University scientists, gets to the root of the problem of a major disease and pest of watermelon crops in the southern United States. Carolina Strongback is a rootstock watermelon that is resistant to Fusarium wilt and the southern root-knot nematode, according to William “Pat” …

What to Do About Watermelon Gummy Stem Blight and Fusarium Wilt

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Watermelon

By Nicholas S. Dufault Gummy stem blight (GSB) and fusarium wilt (FW) can be common problems for watermelon producers in the Southeast. These two diseases are caused by fungal pathogens from the same taxonomic subphylum, but that is where the similarities end. GSB tends to be more of a foliar pathogen that can move to the petioles and vines, and …

The 2019 Georgia Watermelon Season Starts

Abbey Taylor Business, Georgia, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Watermelon

America’s favorite summertime treat in stores now LAGRANGE, GA – Sweet, refreshing Georgia watermelon is in a store near you! The 2019 watermelon crop is expected to have the crisp, sweet flavor and high quality unique to Georgia watermelon.  Georgia growers report that after two years of unpredictable and extreme weather patterns, this growing season has been smooth. While initial …