Watermelon Disease Watch

Abigail Taylor Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

Florida watermelon growers are constantly faced with the challenge of disease management. Whether it’s diseases vectored by whiteflies or fungal diseases such as fusarium wilt, once a crop is infected, the results can be detrimental. Nicholas Dufault, assistant professor of plant pathology and Extension specialist at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, has been…

2017 Season Summary for Georgia Watermelon Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

Georgia watermelon growers had a successful crop for the 2017 season. Samantha Kilgore, executive director of the Georgia Watermelon Association, said the season was "good all around." She spoke with AgNet Media's Josh McGill in October at the Produce Marketing Association's 2017 Fresh Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana. The hurricane season did not have an…

USDA Announces National Watermelon Promotion Board Appointments

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Watermelon

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 13 individuals to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Members newly appointed to serve three-year terms are: Ernesto Chamberlain, Nogales, Ariz. Christian Murillo, Nogales, Ariz. Dan O’Connor, Pompano Beach, Fla. Chadelle Robinson, Las Cruces, N.M. Gerardo A. Lozano, Edinburg, Texas Ward Thomas, McAllen, Texas Members re-appointed…

Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute Benefits Growers

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Watermelon

Last week’s Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute attracted its biggest crowd yet. Bob Hochmuth, a regional Extension agent based at the North Florida Research and Education Center, has hosted the event for eight years and is proud to see its continuous growth. The institute began with a morning session about irrigation and fertilization management. In the…

Watermelon Grafting to Manage Fusarium Wilt

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

Researchers are studying the effects of grafting in watermelon crops to manage a pathogen continuing to cause problems for many Florida growers. Two University of Florida researchers, Nicholas Dufault and Xin Zhao, are currently on the team to examine grafting possibilities for the watermelon industry. Dufault, an assistant professor and plant pathologist for vegetable and…

Cucurbit Crop Concerns for Georgia Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

Growers in Georgia are currently facing challenges when it comes to battling fusarium wilt and whitefly-transmitted viral diseases in their vegetable crops, such as watermelon and zucchini. Bhabesh Dutta, an Extension vegetable disease specialist at the University of Georgia, said heavy whitefly pressure is prominent right now as we move from summer into fall. Whiteflies…

TREC Helps Growers, Trains Future Plant Breeders

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

Researchers at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) are looking for ways to improve production of crops such as squash and watermelon. Geoffrey Meru, assistant professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at TREC, is one of the researchers examining key challenges limiting growers’ success and addressing…