Watermelons


Healthy fields. Healthy yields

Watermelons are susceptible to Melon Vine Decline (Monosporascus Cannonballus), Fusarium Wilt (Usarium Oxysporum F. Sp. Niveum), and Damping Off (Pythium Species / Rhizoctonia Solani). Achieving greater yields requires a solution that effectively mitigates against these soil-borne diseases.


Melon Vine Decline
Melon Vine Decline
Melon Vine Decline sets in early, but is usually only discovered above ground when too little is too late, where it’s responsible for the collapse of entire plants late in the season. The disease affects the roots of the watermelon plant, causing necrosis in smaller roots and lesions in larger ones.
Fusarium Wilt
Fusarium Wilt
Fusarium Wilt is one of the most severe watermelon diseases, often remaining viable in the soil for years if left untreated. The fungus causes wilting and discolouration of vascular tissue, as well as dark brown lesions on the side of stems.
Damping Off
Damping Off
The pathogens that cause Damping Off can be found in most any soil, though wet soil, high humidity, and cloudy days are especially favourable conditions for the disease. Crops that have ‘damped-off’ usually suffer from lesions on stems and roots, wilting and even death.

How can Leicesters help?

Leicesters understands that quality crops start with healthy soil. That’s why we provide soil fumigation services including the precision application of Chloropicrin to optimise watermelon harvest yields. Chloropicrin is one of the most effective, multi-purpose soil fumigants, maintaining healthy plant growth without killing off beneficial soil fungi, bacteria, or leaving behind fumigant residue.

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