The watermelon season is upon us, and according to Clint Thompson in Vegetable and Specialty Crop News, it looks like it will be a sweet and delicious year! The climate conditions for developing high-brix (sugar) watermelons have been almost perfect, with high temperatures, little rain, and lots of sunshine. You can read more at https://vscnews.com/watermelon-quality-brix-georgia-florida/.
Clint had an article earlier in June about one negative impact of all that sunshine–sun scalding, especially in areas where the vines did not grow densely due to the low rainfall. Fortunately, the farmers do have some options for protecting their melons from sun scald. You can read more at https://vscnews.com/watermelon-crop-sun-protection-georgia/.