2022 Indiana Watermelon and Melon Variety Trials

Indiana ranks sixth in harvested watermelon acreage in the U.S. A total of 6,500 acres of watermelons were planted in Indiana in 2019 with a total production value of $35 million. Indiana also ranks sixth in cantaloupe production in the U.S. A total of 1,800 acres of cantaloupes were planted in Indiana with a production value of $8.6 million in 2018. 

Variety selection based on yield, disease resistance, and fruit quality is some of the critical decisions in production. Watermelon and melon variety evaluations are conducted at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in Vincennes, IN every year. Variety trial reports and presentation slides at our grower meeting can be found on this website. If you have questions about this trial or if you are interested in entering varieties into our trial, please contact Wenjing Guan (guan40@purdue.edu).

Watermelon variety trial at Southwest Purdue
Agricultural Center