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Grafting research could rescue state’s watermelon crop
February 23, 2015

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

watermelonMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The watermelon crop has declined dramatically in Washington because of disease. But Washington State University researchers are developing a solution that involves grafting watermelon plants onto squash and other vine plant rootstocks.

Watermelon in western Washington
August 25, 2005

They have names like Baby Doll, Belle, Jubilee, Tiger Baby and Melitopolski.  Their fruit may be the traditional red, or they may be pink, yellow or orange.  They are varieties of icebox watermelon that are being field tested at Washington State University’s Vancouver Research and Extension Unit as a potential crop for Western Washington farmers.Next Wednesday the WSU Vancouver REU will offer not only the results of its latest field trials on more than 100 varieties of icebox watermelon but also the opportunity to taste some of them.The annual icebox watermelon field day will be held from 2 – 4 pm, Wednesday Aug. 31, at … » More …