Chowan Co. Watermelon Variety Demonstration Trial

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Image of a woman with a watermelonWatermelons are the most prevalent horticultural crop grown in Chowan County, North Carolina. In April, 2019, a watermelon variety demonstration trial was planted to evaluate the yields and quality of 13 watermelon varieties. With the help of two local growers, transplants were grown in a greenhouse and established in a bare ground field in Rocky Hock, Chowan County. Once mature, the melons were evaluated and rated for weight, length to diameter ratio, rind thickness, brix, hollow heart, color, and seed size. This trial was not replicated; however, it provides a snapshot of how well a given variety is adapted to northeastern NC growing conditions. The final report with the results of the trial is attached below.

Watermelon variety demonstration trial results