Southwest Florida Struggles with Whiteflies and Drought

Abigail Taylor Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

The drought is not the only problem Florida tomato and watermelon growers are facing this season. Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent with the University of Florida, said whitefly pressure has proliferated and become a big problem for growers. Florida’s relatively warm winter this past year has caused tremendous pest pressure (especially whiteflies) now in…

Labor Issues and Watermelon

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Watermelon

Labor seems to be the biggest issue looming over the watermelon industry. Bob Morrissey, executive director of the National Watermelon Association, hopes that President Trump will continue to uphold his campaign promises on immigration. President Trump has been clear about his stance on immigration throughout his campaign and during his first several months in office.…

Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Watermelon

Dan Egel, an Extension vegetable pathologist at Purdue University, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference about issues with Fusarium wilt in watermelon transplants. He also discussed his yearly greenhouse trial on watermelon and Fusarium wilt. Since watermelon need long, hot growing seasons, growers may choose to start the watermelon's growth indoors…

Watermelon Variety Trial Results

Abigail Taylor Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

Timothy Coolong, an Extension vegetable specialist at the University of Georgia, recently shared results from his watermelon variety trial for 2016. This year, the trial included 35 seedless varieties and seven seeded varieties. The high yielder in this trial was Kingman from Sakata. This is the first time Kingman has been entered in this trial.…

Florida Watermelon Growers Gathered for Educational Day

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Watermelon

The 2016 Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute took place on December 8 at the Straughn Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Professional Development Center at the University of Florida. Over 150 growers and vendors gathered to attend sessions that addressed issues and provided updates within the Florida watermelon industry. Bob Hochmuth, University of Florida/Institute of…