Watermelon Prices High, Supply Low

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

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

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

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 …

Georgia Watermelon Season Ramps Up Next Week

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s watermelon harvest will ramp up next week. According to Samantha Kilgore, executive director of the Georgia Watermelon Association, acreage is projected to decrease this year to 19,000 acres. It would mark a significant drop from previous years’ harvests.  According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, from 2016-2018, Georgia averaged a harvest of just more than 23,000 …

Georgia Watermelon Season Kicks Off June 3

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May 27, 2020 — LAGRANGE, GA – Sweet, refreshing Georgia watermelon is coming to a store near you in early June. The 2020 watermelon crop is expected to have the crisp, sweet flavor and high quality unique to Georgia watermelon.  While Georgia has had a cool spring, consumers should still start seeing Georgia Grown watermelons in stores the first week …

Watermelon Shortage Keeps Prices Up for Famers

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

By Clint Thompson Times have changed in the past two months for watermelon farmers in the Southeast. When farmers in Alabama, Florida and Georgia began planting their crop in late winter and early spring, the coronavirus pandemic struck and created a cloud of uncertainty for growers. What would harvest season look like? Would there be customers to purchase the crop? …

Connecting the Watermelon Industry with Retail and Foodservice Buyers

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

Winter Springs, FL — May 20, 2020 – The new National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) Watermelon Supplier Database is the perfect platform to connect retail and foodservice buyers with suppliers as the summer season takes off for America’s favorite melon. Each year the NWPB staff promotes watermelon to retail and foodservice audiences, both in person and digitally. When a contact …