Edisto to host watermelon, vegetable field day July 11

The Clemson Extension Service, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the South Carolina Watermelon Association announce the Second Annual Watermelon Field Day, to be held at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, S.C., on Thursday, July 11, beginning at 4 p.m.

All watermelon producers and other producers interested in vegetable research projects currently being conducted at the Edisto Station are invited to attend the field day.

Growers can expect to see variety trials for seedless watermelons, a row spacing study, a nutrient study using slow-release fertilizers and a study of the effectiveness of the chemical Sandea.

There also is a flower-to-fruit study to determine the actual field time required from pollination to fruit ready for harvest. A seedless watermelon variety trial planted on white plastic in late June also will be observed.

Cantaloupes seeded on several different types of reflective mulch are being looked at and early results will be shown at the field day.

In addition, growers will look at breeding lines of bell pepper, developed at the Charleston USDA Vegetable Research Laboratory, that show potential nematode resistance. There also are research plots that study the effectiveness of Telone for nutgrass and nematode control, plant-back intervals for pepper, tomato, egg plant and cucumber on Telone EC and specialized compost for use in nematode control.

Dinner will be served after the tour, and there will be discussions of future plans for vegetable research projects at the Edisto Station.

Please call one of the following contacts by July 8 if you'll be attending this meeting. More details of the field day and directions to the Edisto Station also are available from the contacts. Clemson Extension: Gilbert Miller (803) 245-2661 or Joe Varn (803) 259-7141; South Carolina Department of Agriculture: Martin Eubanks (803) 734-2200; or the Edisto Research and Education Center (803) 284-3343.

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