Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a warm, long-season crop. Watermelon
has been marginally competitive in the 2000 to 2003 production seasons
as a vegetable crop.
Production has declined in the past years. Some
decrease has been the result of increased yields. However, much of the
decline was the result of reduced consumer demand, leading to the sale
of poor-quality melons. Efforts at many research stations have helped
reverse the trend toward reduced per capita consumption of watermelon.
To show a profit, a grower must produce good yields of high-quality melons,
something that can be obtained only with careful management.