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Title: OKLAHOMA WATERMELON CULTIVAR EVALUATIONS, 2002

Author
item Roberts, Warren
item Perkins Veazie, Penelope
item Brandenberger, L
item Edelson, J
item Shrefler, J

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/23/2003
Publication Date: 10/11/2003
Citation: Roberts, W., Perkins Veazie, P.M., Brandenberger, L., Edelson, J., Shrefler, J. 2003. Oklahoma watermelon cultivar evaluations, 2002 [Abstract]. Hortscience. 38:1294.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Two watermelon cultivar trials were conducted at Lane, Oklahoma in 2002. Twent cultivars were planted in one trial and six in a second trial. Cultivars included seeded melons, seedless (triploid) melons, and small, personal sized watermelons. Plots were 9 by 30 feet. Plants were 3 feet apart within the row. There were 10 plants per plot, with 4 replications of each plot. Plastic mulch and drip irrigation were applied on raised beds prior to planting. Fertilizer and pest control decisions were made according to OSU recommendations. All melons that appeared to be solid, firm, and not disfigured were harvested. In the first test, the ranking of cultivars from highest to lowest yield were Royal Sweeet, HtRWM 8133, Summer Flavor 810, Summer Gold, Summer Flavor 710, 505 Dillon, Jamboree RWM 8036, Millennium, HSR 2942, ACX 8238, HybRWM8133, Summer Flavor 800, Sangria, Super Seedless 7187, Scarlet Trio, Trix3 13, Summer Sweet 5244, Millionaire, Summer Flavor 820, and Trix shadow. In the second test, the ranking of cultivars from highest to lowest yield was Super Seedless 7167, Hazera SW1Liliput, Hazera 6009, Super Seedless 7177 HQ, Sangria, and Hazera 6007. Top yield was 14.2 tons per acre. Watermelons with the greatest lycopene content were Hazera 6007, Hazera 6009, Summer Flavor 710, and Hazera SW1 (Liliput), which had 105, 94, 83, and 81 ug per g respectively. Other cultivars ranged from 61 to 76 ug per g lycopene.