Novel Watermelon Rootstock Knocks Out Disease and Pests

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (USDA/ARS) — A new watermelon line, developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson University scientists, gets to the root of the problem of a major disease and pest of watermelon crops in the southern United States. Carolina Strongback is a rootstock watermelon that is resistant to Fusarium wilt and the southern root-knot nematode, according to William “Pat” …


Enza Zaden Field Day Features Watermelons and More

Dan Florida, Fruits, Research, Seeds, Vegetables

Growers and seed distributors had a field day Tuesday at the Enza Zaden seed breeding and field trials facility near Myakka City, Florida. The main attraction was the watermelon trials that include new varieties being tested and introduced into the market. Other trials added great flavor to the day’s tour and discussions, with multiple plots for bell peppers, mature green …


Charleston Gray Watermelon Sequenced

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

Summertime is quickly approaching, and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their university colleagues are reporting on genomics research on a traditional summer treat, watermelon. In a long-term study, researchers explored the genetics of “Charleston Gray,” a watermelon variety that was introduced to the public in 1954 by ARS. Watermelon has a long history in the United States and a …


Celebrating National Watermelon Day

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours

With this heatwave stretching across this country, Cathy Isom has you celebrating the fresh summertime treat you’ll want to get your hands on today. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Celebrating National Watermelon Day Today is National Watermelon Day. And what better way to recognize this day then with a refreshing slice! Watermelon is 92% water, which is …

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USDA Announces National Watermelon Promotion Board Appointments

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release

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 include: Mathew Singletary, Alva, Fla. …

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One of Summer’s Favorite Fruits – Watermelon

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has some great tips about the best way to buy, cut and store one of Summer’s favorite fruits. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.     Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a juicy, sweet slice of watermelon. Aside from being delicious, watermelons contain water, of course, potassium, Vitamin A, C, and lycopene. While browsing …

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National Watermelon Day

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom tells us a lot of different ways of celebrating a refreshing and sweet summertime fruit. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.     Which fruit is made up of 92% water, refreshing, sweet, and is a summertime staple at picnics and outdoor cookouts?  Why, yes, of course, it’s watermelon. And today is the perfect day to …