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A watermelon field day July 10 at Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center includes lessons on disease management and cultural practices, as well as tours of research fields.
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BLACKVILLE — The unofficial emblem of summer — the watermelon — gets a special day in the sun July 10 when Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center hosts a field day for farmers of the crop.

The annual field day, free and open to the public, begins with registration at 8 a.m. July 10 at the Edisto center along U.S. 78 west of Blackville.

Indoor education sessions on disease management and cultural practices will be followed by tours of research fields. Clemson specialists will brief visitors on trials involving 89 varieties of melons, research on interplanting cotton and watermelons, grafting and biodegradable mulch.

Following the field tour the group will return to the center for cold watermelons, lunch and further discussion. The event offers Certified Crop Advisor and state pesticide license credits.

Watermelons, which Mark Twain deemed “chief of this world’s luxuries,” are grown commercially on more than 7,000 acres in South Carolina. They bring about $40 million annually to the state.

For more information, visit the contact the Edisto Research & Education Center website, call the center at 803-284-3343, ext. 221, or contact your local county Extension agent.