The Watermelon Field Day will be held at the Watson’s Farm near Trenton, Florida on May 3rd, 2022. The Field Day will begin at 6:00pm (EST) at one of the Watson fields near the intersection of NW 60th Avenue and NW 165th Street, southwest of Trenton. Dinner will be provided by Industry and will be served after the fertilizer plot tour. The topics to be covered will include: Irrigation Management, Use of Controlled Release Fertilizer, Automating Irrigation Systems, and an update on food safety.

There is no registration fee for the Field Day.   Attendees must register by April 29th using the following link:

2022 Watermelon Field Day Tickets

2022 Watermelon Field Day

Watson’s Farm; Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

6:00 PM  (EST)        Program/ Tour of Fertilizer Plots

  • Discussion on Nutrient Management as part of a BMP program; Mark Warren, UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Levy County
  • Controlled Release Fertilizer Project Overview and Observations
  • Annual Food Safety Update (Certificate Provided); Bob Hochmuth, Regional Specialized Extension Agent-Vegetables/Assistant Center Director North Florida REC-Suwannee Valley
  • Automating Irrigation Systems; Tyler Pittman, UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Gilchrist County

7:00 PM  (EST)       Dinner (Sponsored by Industry)

Directions:  From US 129 in Trenton turn onto NW 160th Street, turn right onto NW 60th Avenue, turn right at the 1st cross street onto NW 165th Street

Map directions, Watermelon Field Day

Special thanks to:

  • Greg and Dale Watson, Watson Farms for hosting and cooperating on the project
  • Loran Brookins for cooperating on this project at a second farm location
  • Pursell Agri-Tech Fertilizer and Mayo Fertilizer for partnering and providing fertilizers for this trial
  • NFREC-SV – Technical support
  • FDACS-OAP-Funding
  • Florida Watermelon Association