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A Review of Watermelon Production and Price Trends from 2010 to 2021

FE1137/FE1137by Tara Wade, Kelvin Amon, Kevin Athearn, and Craig FreyJune 23rd, 2023Eight states produce most US watermelons. Most of the fruit (almost 80%) are grown in California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas, with Florida leading in domestic production. In 2019, Florida’s watermelon output accounted for 25.2% of total US production, 24.7% of national watermelon acreage, and 29.6% of the overall US crop value. The value of Florida's watermelon output accounted for 13.2% of the state's total vegetable production. This publication provides information on both seeded and seedless conventional watermelon acreage, volume, and pricing for California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas from 2010 through 2021. It is one of a series illustrating trends in Florida’s five most economically important specialty crops, excluding citrus: tomatoes, bell peppers, watermelons, sweet corn, and strawberries. This information will be useful to producers, Extension agents, and others interested in specialty crop commodities trends.

Beekeeping: Watermelon Pollination

AA091/ENY-154 by Malcolm T. Sanford and Jamie EllisJune 20th, 2022A UF/IFAS numbered Fact Sheet for Commercial audience(s). in support of UF/IFAS Extension program: Plant Systems

Florida Crop/Pest Management Profile: Watermelon

PI031/CIR1236 by Wael M. Elwakil, Nicholas, S. Dufault, Joshua H. Freeman, and Mark A. MosslerJanuary 20th, 2022A UF/IFAS numbered Fact Sheet for Commercial audience(s). in support of UF/IFAS Extension program: Animal Systems

Watermelon Production Budget for North Florida

FE1104/FE1104by Kevin Athearn, Marina Burani Arouca, Robert C. Hochmuth, Josh H. Freeman, Nicholas Dufault, Benjamin Broughton, Tatiana Sanchez, Mark Warren, Luke Harlow, and Henry T. PittmanDecember 3rd, 2021This publication describes a sample watermelon production budget for a spring season in north Florida. We estimate costs for fixed assets, equipment operation, labor, materials, services, harvesting and marketing. We also estimate yield and potential returns. A budget summary and sensitivity table are provided. A spreadsheet that can serve as a budget template accompanies the manuscript.

Watermelon, Seedless—Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Mansf.

MV152/HS685 by James M. StephensNovember 6th, 2018Seedless watermelons are sterile hybrids that develop fruits, but no seeds. The seeds for growing them are produced by crossing a normal watermelon with one that has been changed genetically by treatment with a chemical called colchicine. The seeds from this cross will produce plants that, when pollinated with pollen from normal plants, produce seedless melons.

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Controlled-release fertilizer project nets positive results for north Florida watermelon growers

Bob HochmuthJanuary 24th, 2024A pilot project aimed to improve nitrogen use efficiency through new fertilizer technology used the “4R’s” (Right source, Right rate, Right place, and Right time) as well as irrigation management to introduce controlled-release fertilizer (CRF) on active watermelon farms.

On-farm Extension demonstrations evaluate the use of controlled-release fertilizers compared to conventional fertilizers in watermelons

Bob HochmuthJanuary 18th, 2024These UF/IFAS Research and Extension demonstrations were conducted during the spring of 2020 and 2021 comparing controlled-release fertilizers (CRF) to conventional fertilizer programs in watermelon production.

UF/IFAS Researchers in North Florida Examining Watermelon Best Management Practices

Bob HochmuthNovember 8th, 2023Watermelon is a major crop grown in the Suwannee Valley. It accounts for nearly one-third of the total watermelon production in Florida, covering approximately 26,300 acres. The Sunshine State grows about one of every four watermelons produced in the United States each year. This tasty crop represents an $88 million industry for Florida agriculture!  Cultural […]