Indiana Watermelon and Melon Variety Trial – Vegetable Crops Hotline

Indiana Watermelon and Melon Variety Trial

Indiana ranks sixth in harvested watermelon acreage in the U.S. A total of 6,500 acres of watermelons were planted in Indiana in 2019 with a total production value of $35 million. Indiana also ranks sixth in cantaloupe production in the U.S. A total of 1,800 acres of cantaloupes were planted in Indiana with a production value of $8.6 million in 2018.

Variety selection based on yield, disease resistance, and fruit quality is some of the critical decisions in production. Watermelon and melon variety evaluations are conducted at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in Vincennes, IN every year. Variety trial reports and presentation slides at our grower meeting can be found on this website. If you have questions about this trial or if you are interested in entering varieties into our 2022 trial, please contact Wenjing Guan (guan40@purdue.edu).

Figure 1. Watermelon variety trial at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center.

Watermelon variety trial at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center.

2021

2021 standard-size triploid watermelon variety trial report 
2021 personal-size triploid watermelon variety trial report
2021 cantaloupe variety trial report 
Presentation slides at the 2021 SWIM winter technical meeting Nov 18, 2021

2020

2020 Standard-size and Personal-size Triploid Watermelon Variety Evaluation in Indiana
2020 Cantaloupe Variety Evaluation in Southern Indiana 
2020 Watermelon and Melon Variety Trial Presentation at Southwest Indiana Melon Growers Winter Technical Meeting (presentation slides)

2019

2019 Standard-size and Personal-size Triploid Watermelon Variety Evaluation in Indiana
2019 Cantaloupe and Specialty Melon Variety Evaluation in Indiana
2019 Watermelon and Melon Variety Trial Presentation at Southwest Indiana Melon Growers Winter Technical Meeting

2018

2018 Watermelon Variety Evaluation in Indiana: Standard-size triploid, personal-size triploid, and diploid watermelon
2018 Melon Variety Trial in Southwest Indiana 
2018 Watermelon and Melon Variety Trial Presentation at Southwest Indiana Melon Growers Winter Technical Meeting

2017

2017 Standard-size and Personal-size Triploid Watermelon Variety Trials in Southern Indiana
2017 Muskmelon Variety Trial in Southwest Indiana
2017 Watermelon and Melon Variety Trial Presentation at Southwest Indiana Melon Growers Winter Technical Meeting

2016

2016 Watermelon Variety Evaluations in Southwest Indiana: Standard-size triploid, personal-size triploid, and diploid watermelon 
2016 Muskmelon Variety Trial in Southwest Indiana
2016 Watermelon and Melon Variety Trial Presentation at Southwest Indiana Melon Growers Winter Technical Meeting

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