Weather may sweeten watermelon crop

Halre, Brad
June 2004
Southeast Farm Press;6/2/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 15, p20
Trade Publication
Cool, dry weather in early spring slowed the growth of Georgia's watermelon crop. But it's expected to recover quickly. And the melons may even be a little sweet than normal by harvest time. Most of the crop was planted on schedule. Planting began around March 15, 2004. A majority of Georgia's watermelons are planted on irrigated land into beds covered in plastic. But the drought postponed the planting of some melons on land without irrigation. Many of those melons are being planted now. Georgia melons' big market is the July 4 holiday, when celebrating patriots include the sweet fruit in their cookout plans.


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