Rainy days put damper on melon crops

With more than 20 rainy days in June, melon crops are starting to take a hit.jpg/ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

The rain increases we’ve seen this summer is leading to lower yields in crop.

In June alone, Southwest Georgia had more than 20 rainy days, according to UGA Weather Network.

Crops including tomatoes, squash, watermelons and other melons can’t handle a lot of water.

An excess amount of water can cause disease pressure. Farmers are reporting damages to their fruit from pathogens attacking, or fungal diseases that damages the leaves and more.

“Vine crops, like watermelons, are very susceptible to stuff like gummy stem blight, anthracnose, things like that, that don’t affect a lot of other crops,” Mark Daniel, Mark’s Melon Patch owner, said. “That’s something that can get out of hand if it rains continuously because the spores increase exponentially.”

Farmers do have a way to keep these damages to a minimum.

“Just staying on a tight schedule,” Mark said. “It’s a combination of things, including growing on plastic.”

Even though melon crops have issues with too much rain, corn crops are benefiting.

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