Watermelon Growers Get a Lot of Water, Not so Much Melon at Clemson Field Day
Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center held its wettest Watermelon and Vegetable Field Day Thursday since the event began in 2002. Reportedly about 22 inches of rain have fallen through the fields. Since April 1st. As a result, yields are half of what they were last year. This year’s growing season has also witnessed four well-known diseases in South Carolina: powdery mildew, gummy stem blight, downy mildew and anthracnose. Rain and cloudy weather are the primary reasons for mildew.