Thursday, February 16, 2006
Getting Ready For Melons
Our county is a major melon producer and each melon farmer gambles on getting the melon crop in as early as possible in the season. If you have a good crop early, you will enjoy premium prices for your fruit. A delay of even a few weeks can allow other farmers a little farther north to dilute the melon market so much that it's literally not worth it to harvest. At that point melons are left to rot.
I posted this field earlier.
Since then the field has been neatly plowed, rowed, probably fertilized, and plastic mulch has been laid down. The mulch will warm the soil since this will be an early planting. It will also hold soil moisture and reduce some of the fungi disease problems we have.
Surprisingly, one of the watermelon pests is the coyote. They will roam the field, taking bites out of random melons.
Melons are planted as young transplants, one day the black plastic is vacant and waiting, the next day it's dotted with tiny green plants.
I'll try to post a shot once in a while as this field metamorphoses.
Posted by R.Powers at 12:01 AM