BLACKVILLE — Just in time for summer, Edisto Research and Education Center will host its annual Watermelon Field Day July 8. The field day is free and open to the public and includes lunch and watermelon tasting.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and is followed by an indoor classroom session at 9 a.m. in the center’s auditorium.

Topics to be covered include tactical irrigation, disease control and a presentation by Clemson plant physiologist Christina Wells called “Nutrient Transfer: From Soil to Plant.” Wells will discuss how roots grow, and management of water and nutrients.

The classroom session also will have a fungicide update and a soil water-holding demonstration.

The tour then heads outside to view field research projects and variety trials. Field discussions will include watermelon insects and tools to measure soil water.

The field day will feature 25 seedless watermelon and 12 mini-watermelon varieties. There also will be a special presentation on the Gravity Flow Drip Irrigation system. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and Pesticide License credits will be offered. 

Following the field tour, lunch and cold watermelons will be served in the auditorium.

For more information, call 803-284-3343.

Clemson’s Edisto research center is on U.S. 78 three miles west of Blackville in Barnwell County.

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