Rows of watermelon in North Florida. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.


Twilight Watermelon Field Day – Presented by the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Watermelon Extension Team on April 20th 

Location: UF/IFAS NFREC-Suwannee Valley, 8202 CR 417, Live Oak FL 32060


5:30 PM   —    Registration Opens

6:00 PM   —    Welcome

  •  (Note: CCAs and 1 Pesticide Applicator CEU have been approved for this meeting)

6:05 PM   —     Presentations and Field Tour of Research Trials

  • Automating Irrigation Systems in Vegetable Crops. Andy Voelz, Anthony Tasselli, Michael Steele, ToroAg; and Marshall Hall, Josh Freeman, TriEst Ag
  • Cost Share Opportunities for Automating Irrigation Systems, Jonathan Crain, Suwannee River Water Management District
  • Paper Mulch in Watermelon Production A Research Update, Fritz Paulsen, WestRock
  • Florida Watermelon Association- funded Fertilizer Trial (including comparison of Traditional, Controlled Release Fertilizers, and All-liquid season-long program). Bob Hochmuth and Sydney Williams, UF/IFAS NFREC Suwannee Valley
  •  Insect and Disease Update. Jay Capasso Columbia County Extension and Bob Hochmuth

7:00 PM    —    Sponsored Dinner- ToroAg (Irrigation Automation, Supplies), WestRock (Paper Mulch)

  • Comments from Florida Watermelon Association (FWA), Laura Land, FWA Research Committee Chair

8:00 pm    –       Adjourn