What is this watermelon seed agreement?
There is a new disease in watermelons called fruit blotch. It spreads rapidly under warm, humid conditions and can infest an entire field within a matter of days. The agreement you sign with the seed company protects them from lawsuits. All watermelon seed now sold has been tested for the presence of the fruit blotch organism. The agreement says you will not sue the seed company if fruit blotch develops in your field. All seed companies require the agreement.
One month ago, watermelon production in southeast Mississippi was on track. Now, growers there have lost much of their crop to the summer’s wet weather.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Watermelon production is on track despite cool weather at planting.
“I’ve been in our watermelon fields a good bit over the past several days,” Heath Steede, Mississippi State University Extension agent in George County, said on June 9. “The crop looks really good. We had a slow start with the cool nights this spring, but they caught up later. The watermelons are stacked in there, and we’ll have a good crop as far as the number of melons.”
Continuous rains, however, have Steede a little concerned.
Good spring weather conditions in southeast Mississippi kept watermelon production on track.
Some Mississippi watermelon producers lost crops or got a late start because of wet spring weather. But consumers should find the sweet, summer treats on shelves in time for the July 4 holiday.