Tag Archive: Watermelon

The Wonders of Watermelon

Oh, watermelon.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways. Watermelon is the perfect warm weather treat and a summer holiday essential.  It’s a sweet, light, and delicious snack and its versatility lends itself to a wide variety of beverages, salads, meals, and desserts. Watermelon is more than just water and sugar.  It’s …

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What in the World is a Watermelon Radish?

The watermelon radish is a member of the mustard family, which includes arugula, broccoli, and turnips. It has an edible round white root with a green stem and leaves.  The inside flesh is rimmed in white with a dark pink circular pattern, resembling a watermelon, and is crisp and sweet, with a mild peppery taste. …

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Disease Management Strategies for the 2017 Watermelon Season

Figure 1. A field infected with Fusarium wilt. Areas with missing plants are regions that have higher levels of inoculum. Recording this damage can be useful for future disease management at this site. by Nicholas S. Dufault, Bimal S. Amaradasa and Mason J. Newark With the watermelon production season starting in Florida, now is a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/20/disease-management-strategies-for-the-2017-watermelon-season/

Watermelon Fusarium Wilt Update

Figure 1. Fusarium wilt of watermelon on a commercial field in Madison County on 06/15/15. Authors: Tatiana Sanchez, Mathews Paret, Joshua Freeman, and Nicholas Dufault Fusarium wilt of watermelon (Figure 1) is a soil-borne, fungal disease that can affect watermelon plants anytime from seed to harvest. It has been a problem for many Florida producers …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/22/watermelon-fusarium-wilt-update/

Watermelon – A Taste of Summer

Rarely do I hear the phrase “school’s out” and not think of my own summers of fun and, of course, Alice Cooper’s 1972 major hit single “School’s Out for Summer” – does that age me? In fact, “word” has it that Alice Cooper said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, …

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Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon

Fig. 1: Early wilting symptoms starting on one side of the plant from the disease Fusarium wilt of watermelon. Dr. Nicholas Dufault, UF/IFAS Plant Pathologist Recently, there have been some observational data that suggest North Florida watermelon growers are experiencing an increased incidence of Fusarium wilt in their production fields. While it is uncertain what …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/09/fusarium-wilt-in-watermelon/

Watermelon Novel Bacterial Leaf Spot Research Update

Fig. 1. Symptoms of the Pseudomonas syringae leaf spot on watermelon Pseudomonas Syringae Leaf Spot on Watermelon Mathews Paret, Eric Newberry, Nick Dufault, Josh Freeman, Bob Hochmuth, Anthony Drew, David Langston and Jeff Jones Florida and Georgia are the two largest producers of watermelon in the United States with 48,000 acres under production and a …

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Researchers Seek Cure For New Watermelon Pathogen

Symptoms of a new bacterial disease on watermelon in Florida. Looking at Florida watermelons neatly stacked in a super market produce section hardly brings to mind a mystery worthy of Dashiell Hammett, but then a furtive, unknown disease invaded the state’s watermelon fields. “We began to receive calls and e-mails this spring from growers and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/09/07/researchers-seek-cure-for-new-watermelon-pathogen/

Panhandle Watermelon Festival June 28th & 29th !

Come to Washington County Florida to celebrate the Watermelon at the 57th annual Watermelon Festival !   Watermelon harvest  in the central Florida Panhandle is actually a week or two late, but there will be plenty of melons at the Festival This slight delay in harvest is due to the near 100 degree temperatures and lack of …

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Watermelon Harvest Around the Corner in the Central Florida Panhandle

Watermelon harvest is around the corner in the central Florida panhandle, but is actually a week or two late. Melon in field in Washington County. Credit Matthew Orwat This slight delay in harvest is due to the near 100 degree temperatures and lack of pollinators present.  Flowers have been closing early in the day due …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/18/watermelon-harvest-around-the-corner-in-the-central-florida-panhandle/

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