Crisp County UGA Extension Hosts Watermelon Production Meeting

Crisp County Agricultural Production Meeting Series

CORDELE, GA – Growers of a prized South Georgia crop gathered Tuesday afternoon in the Watermelon Capital of the World to hear from University of Georgia experts on ways they can improve their yields for the upcoming growing season by preventing diseases.

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Melon growers heard from pathologist Bhabesh Dutta and horticulturist Ted McAvoy of UGA about specific trials to limit the spread of diseases including Fruit Rot, Downy Mildew, and Gummy Stem Blight.

Joshua Grant, Crisp County UGA Cooperative Extension, said he is optimistic about the crop of the forthcoming season.

“Because of that, we’re hopeful for this upcoming year that we’re going to have a better year. That prices will go up. And, really, there’s only so much that you can control on the ground with sprays and varieties that you choose, and irrigation. Everything else is left up to conditions that we don’t have control over. So, we’re hoping that we have good weather, and that everything works out this year,” said Grant.

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The next Crisp County Agricultural Production Meeting will be held at the Crisp County Extension Office’s Ag Room at 110 West 13th Ave, Suite C Cordele, GA 31015 on January 30, 2023 at 6:00 pm on peanuts.

For a complete list of production meetings click here.