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2015 Triploid Watermelon Cultivar Evaluations

2015 North Carolina State University Watermelon Cultivar Evaluations Horticulture Series #214

Principle Investigators: Jonathan R. Schultheis, Professor and Vegetable Extension Specialist; Keith D. Starke, Research Associate; and W. Bradfred Thompson, Agricultural Research Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609.
Acknowledgments: We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Cathy Herring (Superintendent) and Kirby Jones (Horticulture Supervisor), Central Crops Research Station, Clayton, NC, as well as the research station personnel in establishing, maintaining, and harvesting the watermelon cultivar evaluation trial. We want to acknowledge the following for their assistance with the trial: Dennis Adams, Victoria Cox, Brooke Hadley, Elizabeth (Libby) Indermaur, Laura Page, and Dayne Shelor.

The cooperation and support of Bayer Crop Science, Clifton Seed Company, Harris Moran Seed Company, Highmark Seed Company, K & B Development, Origene Seeds, Sakata Seed, Seminis Seed Company, Siegers Seed Company, Syngenta Seeds, Inc., Tri-Hishtil, United Genetics Seeds Company, and US Agriseeds were also appreciated. We also want to acknowledge, support for this study was provided by the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, for the CucCAP Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant under award number 2015-51181-24285.

General Cultural Practices

Watermelon field trials were grown using the ‘plasticulture’ system which uses black plastic mulch over the plant bed. Drip tape was laid underneath the plastic mulch in order to supply the crop with water and fertilizer (often referred to as ‘fertigation’). Pesticides used in these field trials were chemicals labeled for commercial production of that crop, (2015 North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual).

Disclaimer

This publication presents data from the cultivar evaluation trial conducted during 2015. Information in this report is believed to be reliable but should not be relied upon as the sole source of information. Limited accompanying detail is included but excludes some pertinent information, which may aid interpretation.

Watermelon Cultural Practices for 2015 Cultivar Trial, Central Crops Research Station, Clayton, NC

Introduction

The watermelon production season was generally a very good one for most North Carolina growers. Growing conditions were mainly favorable, the exception being a two week very high temperature, drought period experienced in mid-June. Otherwise, timely rains for producers growing on bare ground resulted in exceptional yields. Acreage harvested in North Carolina has remained relatively steady over the past three seasons (5,667 acres) with 5,800 acres harvested in 2015 (USDA data). Yield per acre averaged 31,000 pounds, which was near the average nationally (30,300 pounds/acre). Prices were extremely high for North Carolina growers in 2015 reaching 21 to 22 cents per pound at their peak. This translated into $32.364 million, up $18.504 million from 2014. North Carolina produced 5% of the U.S. acreage which totaled 115,750. North Carolina ranked 7th in among states in acreage harvested, but ranked 6th in value comprising 6.7% of the total U.S. value which totaled $483,003 million.

Materials and Methods

Once all seed were obtained, they were planted into 72 cell Poly trays to grow transplants (Hummert Int.; Earth City, MO). Seeds of standard size cultigens were sown on 15 April 2015. The planting medium used was “Fine Germinating Mix”, a commercial soilless mix (Carolina Greenhouse and Soil Company; Kinston, NC). Approximately 3 weeks after seeding, transplants were placed in a “hardening” greenhouse for about one week before being established in the field. Standard size triploids were established in the field on 20 May 2015. Telone C-17 fumigant (application rate 10 gal/ac) was incorporated into the soil through soil injection on 5 November 2014. Preplant fertilizer was applied through a broadcast application across the entire area to be planted at a rate of 30 lb/ac N and 80 lb/ac. Plant beds were rowed up after fertilizer was incorporated. Black polyethylene plastic (0.70 mil thick high density plastic film, 48 inches wide; B.B. Hobbs, Clinton, NC) was laid on 15 May 2015. Plot size for standard triploid size watermelons was 1 row, 10 plants per plot, 25 feet long with 10 foot alleys between plots. In most cases, plots with missing plants were replanted approximately 7 days after planting to achieve 100% plant stand. ‘SP-6’ was the sole pollinizer source for the 2015 growing season. Pollinizers were interplanted between plants 1 and 2; 5 and 6; and 9 and 10. Row middles were 10 feet for all watermelon types and in-row spacing was 2.5 feet for standard size triploid watermelons. Drip tape (NETAFIM, 12 inch spacing, 0.24 gph; NETAFIM, Tel Aviv, Israel) was installed underneath the plastic mulch and was utilized to fertigate the crop throughout the growing season. The following herbicides were applied to row middles on 19 May 2015; Gramoxone SL (3pt/ac), Prefar (5qt/ac) and Curbit (4pt/ac). Coragen (5 oz/50 galH20) insecticide and 20-20-20 starter fertilizer (1 lb/50 gal H20) were applied in solution at transplanting on 20 May 2015. Liquid fertilizer (12 gal) with a 4-0-8 analysis, was applied through the drip tape on 3 June 2015. Row middles were treated on 5 June 2015 using Gramoxone SL (2/3oz/gal or 2 qt/ac). Fertigation was initiated two weeks after planting and applied weekly throughout 2the growing season. A total of 130 lb/ac N and 261 lb/ac K2O was applied via fertigation throughout the growing season. Cumulative totals of applied fertilizer for the growing season were 160, 0, and 341lb/ac of N, P2O5, and K2O, respectively. Soil tests indicated soil Phosphorous levels were adequate, therefore, with the exception of liquid fertilizer used at transplanting, no additional P2O5 was applied. Insecticide spray applications were applied weekly as a preventative measure beginning 3 June and repeated on the following dates (10, 17, and 24 June; 1, 8, 15, and 22 July; and 20 and 31 August). The following products were alternated during consecutive spray applications to avoid the development of insect resistance: Agri-Mek, Fan Fare and Perm Up. Similarly, fungicides were applied throughout the growing season at weekly intervals. The fungicide program consisted of the following fungicide products being alternated during consecutive spray applications to avoid the development of disease resistance: Bravo, Kocide, Pristine, Penncozeb, Previcur Flex, and Ranman; and applied on the following dates; 11, 18, and 25 June; 2, 9, 16, and 28 July; and 6 and 14 August. Fusarium wilt was confirmed in this field trial through testing by Syngenta and Monsanto. Therefore, Pro-line was applied on 16 and 24 July 2015. This was the first case of Fusarium Wilt, race 2, being identified in the state of North Carolina (Quesada-Ocampo, personal communication).

There were six harvests. The first harvest was 16 July 2015. Subsequent harvests were 23 and 30 July; 6 and 26 August; 9 September. Each fruit was harvested when ripe, weighed and categorized statistically by size category. For the triploid watermelon test, fruits were placed in the following categories; <8.9 lb, 9.0-13.5 lb, 13.6-17.5 lb,17.6-21.4 lb, and 21.5+lb. Fruits were considered marketable if they weighed at least 9 pounds. Fruit are often commercially marketed by number or count per bin with 9-13.5 lb. fruit termed 60-count, 13.6-17.5 lb. fruit termed 45-count, 17.6-21.4 lb. fruit termed 36-count, and fruit 21.5 lb. or larger termed 30-count. We use these weight designations to categorize the fruits harvested in this study. The most popular standard triploid fruit size has typically ranged from 12-16 lb. Evaluations of each watermelon entry included yield, fruit size, production earliness, soluble solids using a hand held digital refractometer, fruit shape and size, exterior and interior descriptions (rind pattern, length/width ratio, seed trace size, occurrence of hard seeds, hollow heart incidence and severity, and flesh color), and interior flesh firmness. Hard seed in triploid fruit was determined according to USDA standards. Fruits were cut longitudinally in half, and then these halves were cut laterally. The number of hard seeds exposed on the cut surface were counted and recorded. This is the third year we have rated for hard seeds according to USDA standards. Fruits were cut longitudinally in half, and then these halves were cut laterally. The number of hard seeds exposed on the cut surface were counted and recorded. This is the third year we have rated for hard seeds according to USDA standards. Flesh firmness was taken by using a Penetrometer FT 011 with a 7/16” plunger tip, (QA Supplies LLC, Norfolk, Va.), and recorded in pounds. Samples were obtained by cutting the center of the fruit from the stem to blossom end. Pressure was then taken in five areas of the fruit; stem end, top side, ground spot side, blossom end, and center. Pressure was not taken on fruit with hollow heart. The reported measures on flesh firmness are an average of the five sample areas and are an average value taken for five fruit per plot or 20 fruit per cultigen. Most of the quality measurements were taken at the first or second harvests.

2015 Trial Note:

This trial was impacted by the occurrence of fusarium wilt, race 2 across the entire field. Although Pro-line was applied twice to control fusarium wilt, many of the watermelon entries were substantially impacted by the disease with the loss of nearly one-half of the plot’s foliage, resulting in significant yield reductions. Some of the entries most affected were from Seminis Seed Company (SV 0241, SV 2757, and SV 7018) and Origene Seeds (Talca, Maxima). The Pro-line will be applied as a preventative treatment in 2016 as it was not applied until some wilting of the plants was observed in the 2015 trial. The late application thus may have been more impactful of the entries listed above.

Yields were average, considering there were six harvests. The loss of foliage to fusarium wilt disease, along with excessive heat during fruit set likely relegated yields to being mostly average.

Financial Support

In addition to seed companies, this research was supported by the College of Life and Agricultural Sciences, North Carolina Agricultural Research, and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Table 1. Triploid Red-Flesh Watermelon Seed Sources and Descriptions; 2015.

Entry No.

Cultigen

Company

Description

1 7167 Bayer Cropscience Indistinct, medium width, medium-dark green stripes on light
green background; oval/short blocky shape; sizes are mainly large; fairly uniform size fruit
2 7187 Bayer Cropscience Indistinct, medium width, medium-dark green stripes on light green background; oval/short blocky shape; sizes are variable but more large sized fruit
3 ACX 6177 Bayer Cropscience Fairly distinct, medium width, dark green stripes on light green background; mainly long round shape; sizes primarily medium to large and uniform in size
4 Captivation Syngenta Indistinct, medium to wide, dark green stripes on medium green background; long round to round fruit; mainly medium-large size fruits; several fruit in rep 4 with sclerotia rot
5 Charismatic Sakata Indistinct, medium, wide, dark green stripes on medium green background; long round to round fruit shape; mainly small to medium size fruit
6 Crunchy Red Harris Moran Indistinct, medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on a light green background; elongated/blocky fruit shape; mainly large fruit size, both uniform in shape and size.
7 Embasy Bayer Cropscience Indistinct, medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on a light green background; mainly oval to blocky fruit shape; mainly large sized fruits
8 Exclamation Syngenta Fairly distinct, medium width, medium to dark green stripes on a light green background, short blocky shapes or round; sizes mainly medium to large
9 Fascination Syngenta Indistinct, medium to large width, dark green stripes on light green background; oval shape in large fruit and long round in smaller fruits; size mainly medium to large.
10 Fascination grafted Syngenta / Tri-Hishtil Indistinct, medium to large width, dark green stripes on light green background; oval shape in large fruit and long round in smaller fruits; size mainly medium to large
11 KB 12142 K&B Development Indistinct, medium width, medium green stripes on light green background; uniform oval shapes; small to medium size fruits
12 Kingman Sakata Indistinct, medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on a light green background; long round or oval shapes;
smaller fruit are round; fruit size variable from small to large
13 Lucille Origene Seed Indistinct, medium width, medium to dark green stripes on medium green background; mainly oval shaped with some smaller round fruit; mainly medium sized fruits, but small and large fruits.
14 Maxima Origene Seed Indistinct, medium to wide, very dark green stripes on light to medium green background; mainly long round or short blocky fruits; severe susceptibility shown to fusarium wilt
15 Melody Syngenta Indistinct, medium wide, very dark green stripes on medium green background; round fruit with uniform shapes; mainly small fruits with a few medium to large sized fruits
16 Premont Clifton Seed Indistinct, medium width, medium to dark green stripes on
light green background; large fruit are oval, small fruits long round in shape; size varied from mainly small to medium
17 Razorback Highmark Indistinct, medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on light green background; fruit are round to long round in shape; size
varied from mainly small to medium; moderate fusarium wilt in rep 4
18 Savannah Origene Seed Indistinct, medium wide, dark green stripes on medium green background; fruit sizes range from small to large; oval fruits, but mainly elongated; plot in first rep affected by fusarium wilt
19 Secretariat Sakata Indistinct, medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on light green background; larger fruit are blocky, smaller fruits long round; size range from small to large
20 SV0241WA Seminis Indistinct, medium to wide, dark green stripes on light green background; short blocky or oval fruit; sizes ranged from small to large; Fusarium wilt affecting plots in reps 1 and 4
21 Summer Breeze (SV2757WA) Seminis Indistinct, medium wide, medium to dark stripes on light green background; round or short blocky shapes; size range from small to mainly medium
22 Road Trip (SV7018WA) Seminis Indistinct, medium wide, medium green stripes on light green background; short blocky/oval shape; sizes range from small to large
23 SV7112 WA Seminis Indistinct, wide, very dark green stripes on light green background; blocky large fruits, oval smaller fruits; small to large size.
24 Joy Ride (SV8298WA) Seminis Indistinct, medium wide, dark green stripes on light to medium green background oval fruits that are uniform in shape; size is mainly medium to large
25 Sweet Dawn Syngenta Indistinct, medium wide, medium green stripes on light green/white background; fruit are mainly blocky if large and long round if small; size variable from small to large
26 Sweet Polly Siegers Fairly distinct, medium wide, dark green stripes on light green background; large fruit are blocky or oval; small fruit more round; size varies from small to medium large
27 Talca Origene Seed Indistinct, medium to wide, very dark green stripes on light to medium green background; large fruit are oval/blocky shape, small
fruit long round; fruit size varies from small to large
28 Traveler Harris Moran Indistinct, medium width, very dark green stripes on medium green background; uniform round fruit; uniform small fruit size
29 Tri-X-313 Syngenta Indistinct, medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on light green background; mainly oval or blocky fruit; mainly medium to large fruit size
30 Troubadour Harris Moran Indistinct, medium wide, very dark green stripes on medium to dark green background; uniform oval fruit; uniform small to medium large size fruit
31 UGR 131712 United Genetics Indistinct, narrow to medium wide dark green stripes on light green background uniform long oval fruit shape; uniformly medium to large fruit size
32 Unbridled Sakata Indistinct, medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on a light green background; uniform round or long round fruit; size varies
from small to large
33 USAW 90020 US Agriseeds Indistinct, medium width, medium to dark green stripes on
light green background; large fruit have oval shape, smaller fruit are round; size varied from small to large
34 Warrior Bayer Cropscience Indistinct, medium width, medium to dark green stripes on light green background; uniform oval shape; fruit size varied from small to large.
35 WDL 0409 Syngenta Indistinct medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on light green background; some elongated, oval and long round shapes; mainly medium to large size fruits
36 Wolverine Highmark Indistinct medium wide, medium to dark green stripes on light green background; mainly round shapes; mainly small fruit size

Figure 1. Visit the PDF version of this document to view images of each variety of the 2015 Triploid Watermelons evaluated in this field trial.

Table 2. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit weight, (cwt.), per acre by various weight classes including average fruit size1 for harvest 1. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Cwt. (x100) by size

Total / Acre

Mkt / Acre3

Rank2

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
7187 11 17 83 19 42 – – 161 144
ACX 6177 15 18 39 28 17 11 113 94
Captivation – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Charismatic 7 18 75 73 9 – – 174 156
Crunchy Red – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Embasy – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Exclamation – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Fascination – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Fascination-Graft – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
KB 12142 3 29 109 80 15 – – 233 204
Kingman – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Lucille 14 7 38 27 25 10 107 100
Maxima 17 7 15 27 8 19 77 70
Melody 22 – – 5 – – – – – – 5 5
Premont 19 – – – – – – 8 – – 8 8
Razorback 10 7 97 28 27 – – 158 151
Savannah 6 4 46 41 67 10 168 164
Secretariat 12 20 66 34 8 10 138 118
SV0241WA – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Summer Breeze 9 18 40 61 35 19 172 154
Road Trip 21 – – 5 – – – – – – 5 5
SV7112WA 4 7 42 77 75 10 211 204
Joy Ride 1 7 53 113 33 9 216 209
Sweet Dawn 5 3 9 95 57 10 175 172
Sweet Polly – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Talca – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Traveler 16 25 52 27 9 – – 113 88
Tri-X-313 20 – – 6 – – – – – – 6 6
Troubadour 13 31 58 27 16 – – 132 101
UGR 131712 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Unbridled – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
USAW 90020 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Warrior 2 6 87 93 16 10 212 206
WDL 0409 18 – – – – – – – – 9 9 9
Wolverine 8 29 81 66 – – 10 186 156
Average 15 50 54 28 12 126 115
LSD (0.05) 27 50 59 44 30 66 64

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 3. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Bin boxes per acre by various various weight classes including average fruit sizefor harvest 1. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Bin boxes / acre by size grade2

% Total Yield by Count

Avg lb./ fruit

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

3.6 – 17.5

17.6 -21.4

> 21.5

Mkt / Acre3

30

36

45

60

7167 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
7187 2.4 11.8 2.7 6.0 – – 20.5 – – 26 12 51 12.3
ACX 6177 2.6 5.5 4.0 2.4 1.6 13.5 10 15 25 34 12.9
Captivation – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Charismatic 2.6 10.7 10.4 1.3 – – 22.3 – – 5 42 43 12.6
Crunchy Red – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Embasy – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Exclamation – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Fascination – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Fascination-Graft – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
KB 12142 4.1 15.5 11.5 2.2 – – 29.2 – – 7 34 47 11.9
Kingman – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Lucille 1.0 5.4 3.9 3.5 1.5 14.3 9 23 26 35 14.7
Maxima 0.9 2.2 3.9 1.2 2.8 10.0 25 11 35 20 16.8
Melody – – 0.7 – – – – – – 0.7 – – – – – – 100 10.3
Premont – – – – – – 1.2 – – 1.2 – – 100 – – – – 19.0
Razorback 1.0 13.8 4.0 3.8 – – 21.6 – – 17 18 61 12.8
Savannah 0.5 6.6 5.8 9.6 1.4 23.4 6 40 24 28 14.9
Secretariat 2.8 9.4 4.9 1.2 1.4 16.9 7 6 25 48 13.4
SV0241WA – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Summer Breeze 2.5 5.6 8.6 5.0 2.8 22.0 11 20 35 23 13.9
Road Trip – – 0.8 – – – – – – 0.8 – – – – – – 100 – –
SV7112WA 1.0 6.0 11.0 10.7 1.4 29.1 5 35 37 20 15.5
Joy Ride 1.1 7.6 16.1 4.8 1.3 29.8 4 15 52 25 14.1
Sweet Dawn 0.4 1.3 13.6 8.2 1.5 24.5 6 33 54 5 15.8
Sweet Polly – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Talca – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Traveler 3.5 7.5 3.9 1.2 – – 12.6 – – 8 24 46 12.0
Tri-X-313 – – 0.8 – – – – – – 0.8 – – – – – – 100 12.6
Troubadour 4.4 8.3 3.9 2.3 – – 14.5 – – 12 20 44 11.3
UGR 131712 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Unbridled – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
USAW 90020 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Warrior 0.8 12.4 13.3 2.3 1.5 29.5 5 8 44 41 13.7
WDL 0409 – – – – – – – – 1.3 1.3 100 – – – – – – 20.8
Wolverine 4.2 11.5 9.4 – – 1.4 22.3 5 – – 36 43 11.5
Average 2.1 6.6 7.2 4.0 1.7 16.2 16 22 32 46 13.9
LSD (0.05) 3.9 7.2 8.4 6.3 4.3 9.1 – – – – – – – – – –

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Values were determined based upon 700 lb bin box weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size grade category and average lb./fruit are rounded to the nearest tenths; percentage count by category rounded to nearest whole **

Table 4. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit number for harvest 1 by various weight classes (per acre) including fruit number per plant. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank1

Fruit size category

Total Number

Total Mkt. No.2

Fruit No./ Plant

< 9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
7187 8 218 741 131 218 – – 1307 1089 0.80
ACX 6177 15 218 349 174 87 44 871 653 0.50
Captivation – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Charismatic 6 218 653 479 44 – – 1394 1176 0.80
Crunchy Red – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Embasy – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Exclamation – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Fascination – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Fascination-Graft – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
KB 12142 1 392 958 523 87 – – 1960 1568 1.10
Kingman – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Lucille 15 87 305 174 131 44 741 653 0.40
Maxima 17 87 131 174 44 87 523 436 0.30
Melody 18 – – 44 – – – – – – 44 44 0.03
Premont 18 – – – – – – 44 – – 44 44 0.03
Razorback 6 87 871 174 131 – – 1263 1176 0.70
Savannah 8 44 436 261 349 44 1133 1089 0.70
Secretariat 12 261 610 218 44 44 1176 915 0.70
SV0241WA – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Summer Breeze 11 218 349 – – 174 87 1220 1002 0.70
Road Trip 18 – – 44 – – – – – – 44 44 0.03
SV7112WA 4 87 349 479 392 44 1350 1263 0.80
Joy Ride 3 87 479 741 174 44 1525 1438 0.90
Sweet Dawn 10 44 87 610 305 44 1089 1045 0.63
Sweet Polly – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Talca – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Traveler 14 305 479 174 44 – – 1002 697 0.60
Tri-X-313 18 – – 44 – – – – – – 44 44 0.03
Troubadour 13 392 523 174 87 – – 1176 784 0.70
UGR 131712 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Unbridled – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
USAW 90020 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Warrior 2 87 741 610 87 44 1568 1481 0.90
WDL 0409 18 – – – – – – – – 44 44 44 0.03
Wolverine 5 392 741 436 – – 44 1612 1220 0.90
Average – – 190 446 346 143 51 960 814 0.56
LSD(0.05) – – 378 463 382 230 132 615 544 0.31

1 Ranked according to total marketable number.
2 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 5. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit weight, (cwt.), per acre by various weight classes including average fruit size1 for harvest 2. Clayton, N.C., 2015

Cultivar

Rank2

Cwt. (x100) by size

Total / Acre

Mkt / Acre3

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 6 18 62 125 27 30 262 244
7187 25 4 52 33 17 10 115 111
ACX 6177 20 7 41 40 67 – – 155 149
Captivation 4 18 60 99 59 30 264 247
Charismatic 27 11 23 55 24 – – 113 102
Crunchy Red 32 – – 15 21 34 – – 70 70
Embasy 34 4 10 33 9 10 66 62
Exclamation 3 9 46 117 58 32 261 252
Fascination 15 4 42 75 24 21 165 161
Fascination-Graft 36 – – – – 13 – – – – 13 13
KB 12142 22 17 71 47 16 – – 151 134
Kingman 11 43 48 67 75 10 244 200
Lucille 10 – – 49 87 68 – – 203 203
Maxima 35 9 23 13 8 10 65 55
Melody 17 13 92 29 16 20 171 158
Premont 8 3 54 73 74 21 224 221
Razorback 16 10 47 32 61 20 171 161
Savannah 18 11 52 38 43 19 164 153
Secretariat 21 14 43 51 42 – – 150 136
SV0241WA 13 57 96 20 33 33 239 182
Summer Breeze 28 24 51 20 9 19 123 99
Road Trip 2 7 128 78 43 23 279 272
SV7112WA 26 9 22 32 33 21 119 109
Joy Ride 14 7 68 47 34 26 182 175
Sweet Dawn 29 4 13 13 33 33 96 92
Sweet Polly 7 17 49 110 42 32 250 233
Talca 19 23 46 52 43 12 176 153
Traveler 30 19 43 19 26 – – 107 88
Tri-X-313 5 7 97 99 49 – – 251 244
Troubadour 24 13 51 52 8 – – 125 112
UGR 131712 33 – – 43 19 – – – – 62 62
Unbridled 1 8 88 76 43 73 287 280
USAW 90020 12 12 92 80 18 10 211 200
Warrior 23 10 36 59 34 – – 139 129
WDL 0409 9 23 55 64 58 32 232 209
Wolverine 31 12 52 14 16 – – 94 82
Average – – 14 53 53 37 24 167 154
LSD (0.05) – – 28 56 51 50 48 107 105

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 6. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Bin boxes per acre by various weight classes including average fruit size1 for harvest 2. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Bin boxes / acre by size grade2

Mkt / Acre3

% Total Yield by Count

Avg lb./ fruit

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

30

36

45

60

7167 2.5 8.9 17.9 3.8 4.3 34.9 11 10 48 24 14.8
7187 0.6 7.4 4.7 2.4 1.4 15.8 9 14 29 45 12.8
ACX 6177 0.9 5.9 5.7 9.6 – – 21.3 – – 43 26 27 14.7
Captivation 2.5 8.6 14.1 8.4 4.2 35.3 11 22 37 23 15.0
Charismatic 1.5 3.2 7.9 3.5 – – 14.6 – – 22 49 20 12.8
Crunchy Red – – 2.1 3.0 6.2 – – 10.0 – – 62 30 21 15.6
Embasy 0.5 1.4 4.7 1.3 1.4 8.9 15 14 50 15 14.3
Exclamation 1.3 6.6 16.6 8.2 4.5 36.1 12 22 45 18 15.4
Fascination 0.6 5.9 10.7 3.4 3.0 23.0 13 14 45 25 15.2
Fascination-Graft – – – – 1.9 – – – – 1.9 – – – – 100 – – 16.0
KB 12142 2.5 10.2 6.7 2.3 – – 19.1 – – 11 31 47 12.1
Kingman 6.2 6.9 9.6 10.6 1.5 28.6 4 31 27 20 13.8
Lucille – – 7.0 12.4 9.6 – – 29.1 – – 33 43 24 15.0
Maxima 1.3 3.3 1.9 1.2 1.5 7.9 16 13 20 36 12.7
Melody 1.9 13.2 4.1 2.3 2.9 22.5 12 9 17 54 12.5
Premont 0.4 7.7 10.4 10.6 3.0 31.6 9 33 33 24 15.5
Razorback 1.4 6.7 4.6 8.7 2.9 22.9 12 36 19 28 14.4
Savannah 1.5 7.5 5.4 6.2 2.8 21.9 12 26 23 32 14.4
Secretariat 1.9 6.1 7.3 6.0 – – 19.5 – – 28 34 29 13.4
SV0241WA 8.1 13.8 2.9 4.7 4.7 26.0 14 14 8 40 12.1
Summer Breeze 3.5 7.2 2.9 1.3 2.8 14.1 16 7 16 41 11.6
Road Trip 1.0 18.3 11.2 6.2 3.3 38.9 8 16 28 46 11.6
SV7112WA 1.3 3.2 4.6 4.8 3.1 15.6 18 28 27 19 14.8
Joy Ride 1.0 9.7 6.7 4.9 3.7 25.0 14 19 26 37 15.3
Sweet Dawn 0.5 1.9 1.9 4.7 4.7 13.2 34 34 14 14 17.7
Sweet Polly 2.4 7.1 15.7 6.0 4.5 33.3 13 17 44 20 14.9
Talca 3.3 6.5 7.4 6.1 1.7 21.9 7 24 30 26 14.4
Traveler 2.7 6.1 2.7 3.7 – – 12.6 – – 24 18 40 13.0
Tri-X-313 0.9 13.8 14.2 6.9 – – 34.9 – – 19 39 39 13.9
Troubadour 1.9 7.3 7.4 1.1 – – 15.9 – – 6 42 41 12.6
UGR 131712 – – 6.2 2.7 – – – – 8.9 – – – – 31 69 12.8
Unbridled 1.1 12.5 10.8 6.1 10.5 40.0 26 15 26 31 15.9
USAW 90020 1.7 13.2 11.4 2.6 1.4 28.5 5 8 38 44 13.5
Warrior 1.5 5.1 8.4 4.9 – – 18.4 – – 25 42 26 13.8
WDL 0409 3.3 7.8 9.1 8.3 4.6 29.8 14 25 27 24 15.3
Wolverine 1.7 7.4 2.0 2.3 – – 11.6 – – 17 15 55 10.9
Average 2.0 7.6 7.5 5.3 3.4 22.0 13 22 33 32 14.0
LSD (0.05) 4.1 7.9 7.3 7.1 6.9 15.0 – – – – – – – – – –

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Values were determined based upon 700 lb bin box weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size grade category and average lb./fruit are rounded to the nearest tenths; percentage count by
category rounded to nearest whole **

Table 7. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit number for harvest ¹ by various weight classes (per acre) including fruit number per plant. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank1

Fruit size category

Total Number

Total Mkt. No.2

Fruit No./ Plant

< 9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 3 218 523 828 131 131 1830 1612 1.1
7187 24 87 479 218 87 44 915 828 0.5
ACX 6177 21 87 349 261 349 – – 1045 958 0.6
Captivation 3 218 523 653 305 131 1830 1612 1.1
Charismatic 27 174 218 349 131 – – 871 697 0.5
Crunchy Red 33 – – 131 131 174 – – 436 436 0.3
Embasy 35 44 87 218 44 44 436 392 0.3
Exclamation 6 131 392 741 305 131 1699 1568 1.0
Fascination 16 44 349 479 131 87 1089 1045 0.6
Fascination-Graft 36 – – – – 87 – – – – 87 87 0.1
KB 12142 19 218 610 305 87 – – 1220 1002 0.7
Kingman 11 566 436 435 392 44 1873 1307 1.1
Lucille 10 436 566 349 – – 1350 1350 0.8
Maxima 34 131 218 87 44 44 523 392 0.3
Melody 14 174 828 174 87 87 1350 1176 0.8
Premont 9 44 436 479 392 87 1438 1394 0.8
Razorback 16 131 436 218 305 87 1176 1045 0.7
Savannah 16 131 479 261 218 87 1176 1045 0.7
Secretariat 21 174 392 349 218 – – 1133 958 0.7
SV0241WA 11 871 871 131 174 131 2178 1307 1.3
Summer Breeze 26 305 479 131 44 87 1045 741 0.6
Road Trip 27 131 218 218 174 87 828 697 0.5
SV7018WA 1 87 1089 523 218 87 2004 1917 1.2
Joy Ride 15 87 566 305 174 87 1220 1133 0.7
Sweet Dawn 31 44 131 87 174 131 566 523 0.3
Sweet Polly 7 218 436 697 218 131 1699 1481 1.0
Talca 19 305 392 349 218 44 1307 1002 0.8
Traveler 30 261 349 131 131 – – 871 610 0.5
Tri-X-313 2 87 828 653 261 – – 1830 1742 1.1
Troubadour 24 174 436 349 44 – – 1002 828 0.6
UGR 131712 32 – – 349 131 – – – – 479 479 0.3
Unbridled 3 87 784 479 218 131 1699 1612 1.0
USAW 90020 8 174 784 523 87 44 1612 1438 0.9
Warrior 23 131 305 392 174 – – 1002 871 0.6
WDL 0409 11 305 479 392 305 131 1612 1307 0.9
Wolverine 29 174 479 87 87 – – 828 653 0.5
Average – – 190 449 345 192 89 1178 1012 0.7
LSD(0.05) – – 382 489 334 258 166 746 666 0.4

1 Ranked according to total marketable number.
2 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 8. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit weight, (cwt.), per acre by various weight classes including average fruit size¹ for harvest 3. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank2

Cwt. (x100) by size

Total / Acre

Mkt / Acre3

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 13 3 50 64 25 21 162 159
7187 29 23 21 21 8 9 82 59
ACX 6177 19 12 53 48 9 10 131 120
Captivation 7 19 41 53 77 12 202 183
Charismatic 18 29 20 67 24 10 150 121
Crunchy Red 1 11 40 81 95 101 328 317
Embasy 2 18 94 85 76 20 292 274
Exclamation 5 14 60 68 51 12 205 191
Fascination 6 11 39 78 50 23 201 190
Fascination-Graft 15 – – 20 46 65 21 152 152
KB 12142 32 – – 28 – – 17 10 55 55
Kingman 12 14 60 26 60 20 179 166
Lucille 4 10 70 78 17 29 205 195
Maxima 31 30 16 19 8 12 86 56
Melody 14 30 66 38 43 10 187 157
Premont 9 7 61 74 43 – – 185 178
Razorback 23 15 49 14 16 11 106 91
Savannah 35 10 14 20 9 – – 53 43
Secretariat 24 29 43 19 17 11 119 90
SV0241WA 25 35 43 13 25 – – 117 82
Summer Breeze 30 23 23 13 8 13 80 58
Road Trip 26 30 27 20 8 21 108 77
SV7112WA 36 9 20 7 – – 10 47 38
Joy Ride 34 26 14 21 17 – – 77 52
Sweet Dawn 33 3 34 20 – – – – 57 54
Sweet Polly 11 14 62 37 42 32 186 173
Talca 20 21 64 53 – – – – 138 117
Traveler 3 3 89 46 76 – – 214 211
Tri-X-313 8 9 35 52 73 22 191 182
Troubadour 17 23 75 19 17 20 154 131
UGR 131712 16 3 49 78 8 – – 138 135
Unbridled 22 29 55 40 16 – – 139 111
USAW 90020 10 10 56 27 62 29 184 175
Warrior 27 11 31 20 16 10 88 77
WDL 0409 21 6 36 19 17 42 120 114
Wolverine 28 22 25 20 9 10 85 63
Average – – 16 44 40 33 20 144 129
LSD (0.05) – – 21 43 49 49 37 101 102

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 9. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Bin boxes per acre by various various weight classes including average fruit size1 for harvest 3. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Bin boxes / acre by size grade2

Mkt / Acre3

% Total Yield by Count

Avg lb./fruit

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

30

36

45

60

7167 0.4 7.1 9.1 3.6 2.9 22.7 13 15 39 31 13.5
7187 3.2 3.0 3.0 1.1 1.3 8.4 12 10 26 25 9.7
ACX 6177 1.7 7.5 6.9 1.2 1.4 17.1 8 6 37 40 11.5
Captivation 2.7 5.9 7.6 11.1 1.7 26.2 6 38 26 20 13.5
Charismatic 4.1 2.8 9.5 3.5 1.4 17.3 7 16 45 13 12.3
Crunchy Red 1.6 5.7 11.6 13.5 14.5 45.3 31 29 25 12 16.4
Embasy 2.6 13.4 12.1 10.8 2.8 39.1 7 26 29 32 13.5
Exclamation 2.0 8.5 9.7 7.3 1.8 27.3 6 25 33 29 13.8
Fascination 1.6 5.6 11.1 7.2 3.3 27.1 11 25 39 20 14.4
Fascination-Graft – – 2.8 6.6 9.3 2.9 21.6 14 43 30 13 16.7
KB 12142 – – 4.0 – – 2.4 1.4 7.8 18 31 – – 52 14.8
Kingman 1.9 8.6 3.6 8.5 2.9 23.6 11 33 14 34 14.0
Lucille 1.4 10.1 11.2 2.5 4.2 27.9 14 8 38 34 13.5
Maxima 4.3 2.3 2.8 1.2 1.7 7.9 14 10 23 19 10.5
Melody 4.3 9.4 5.5 6.2 1.4 22.5 5 23 21 35 12.2
Premont 0.9 8.7 10.6 6.2 – – 25.4 – – 23 40 33 14.3
Razorback 2.2 7.1 2.0 2.3 1.6 12.9 10 15 13 47 11.9
Savannah 1.4 2.0 2.8 1.3 – – 6.2 – – 18 37 27 11.9
Secretariat 4.2 6.2 2.7 2.4 1.5 12.8 9 14 16 36 10.5
SV0241WA 5.0 6.2 1.9 3.6 – – 11.7 – – 22 11 37 10.2
Summer Breeze 3.2 3.3 1.9 1.2 1.8 8.2 16 10 17 29 11.6
Road Trip 4.3 3.9 2.9 1.2 3.0 11.0 20 8 19 25 10.9
SV7112WA 1.3 2.9 1.1 – – 1.5 5.4 22 – – 16 43 12.4
Joy Ride – – 2.0 3.0 2.5 – – 7.4 – – 22 27 18 10.4
Sweet Dawn 0.5 4.8 2.9 – – – – 7.7 – – – – 35 59 11.3
Sweet Polly 1.9 8.9 5.2 6.0 4.5 24.7 17 23 20 33 14.1
Talca 3.0 9.2 7.6 – – – – 16.7 – – – – 39 46 11.3
Traveler 0.5 12.7 6.6 10.8 – – 30.1 – – 35 22 41 14.1
Tri-X-313 1.3 5.0 7.4 10.4 3.2 26.0 12 38 27 18 14.6
Troubadour 3.3 10.7 2.8 2.4 2.8 18.7 13 11 13 49 11.9
UGR 131712 0.4 7.0 11.1 1.2 – – 19.3 – – 6 57 36 13.9
Unbridled 4.1 7.9 5.7 2.3 – – 15.8 – – 12 28 40 10.8
USAW 90020 1.4 8.0 3.9 8.8 4.2 24.9 16 34 15 31 14.5
Warrior 1.6 4.5 2.8 2.2 1.4 11.0 11 18 23 35 13.5
WDL 0409 0.8 5.2 2.7 2.4 6.0 16.3 35 14 16 30 15.4
Wolverine 0.3 3.5 2.8 1.3 1.4 9.0 11 11 23 29 11.1
Average 2.2 6.3 5.7 4.8 2.9 18.4 14 20 27 32 12.8
LSD (0.05) 3.0 6.1 7.0 7.0 5.3 14.5 – – – – – – – – – –

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Values were determined based upon 700 lb bin box weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size grade category and average lb./fruit are rounded to the nearest tenths; percentage count by category rounded to nearest whole **
% Total Yield by Count

Table 10. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit number for harvest 3 by various weight classes (per acre) including fruit number per plant. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank1

Fruit size category

Total Number

Total Mkt. No.2

Fruit No./ Plant

< 9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 12 44 436 436 131 87 1133 1089 0.7
7187 30 349 174 131 44 44 741 392 0.4
ACX 6177 19 174 479 305 44 44 1045 871 0.6
Captivation 8 261 349 349 392 44 1393 1133 0.8
Charismatic 21 392 174 436 131 44 1176 784 0.7
Crunchy Red 2 131 349 523 479 436 1917 1786 1.1
Embasy 1 261 828 566 392 87 2134 1873 1.2
Exclamation 5 174 523 436 261 44 1438 1263 0.8
Fascination 6 174 349 523 261 87 1393 1219 0.8
Fascination-Graft 18 – – 174 305 349 87 915 915 0.5
KB 12142 30 – – 261 – – 87 44 392 392 0.2
Kingman 12 218 523 174 305 87 1307 1089 0.8
Lucille 4 131 610 523 87 131 1481 1350 0.9
Maxima 34 566 131 131 44 44 915 349 0.5
Melody 12 436 566 261 218 44 1525 1089 0.9
Premont 6 87 523 479 218 – – 1307 1219 0.8
Razorback 23 218 436 87 87 44 871 653 0.5
Savannah 35 131 131 131 44 – – 436 305 0.3
Secretariat 23 436 392 131 87 44 1089 653 0.6
SV0241WA 25 479 392 87 131 – – 1089 610 0.6
Summer Breeze 30 305 218 87 44 44 697 392 0.4
Road Trip 26 479 261 131 44 87 1002 523 0.6
SV7112WA 36 131 174 44 – – 44 392 261 0.2
Joy Ride 33 392 131 131 87 – – 741 349 0.4
Sweet Dawn 28 44 305 131 – – – – 479 436 0.3
Sweet Polly 8 218 566 218 218 131 1350 1133 0.8
Talca 15 305 610 349 – – – – 1263 958 0.7
Traveler 3 44 784 305 392 – – 1525 1481 0.9
Tri-X-313 8 131 305 349 392 87 1263 1133 0.7
Troubadour 15 305 653 131 87 87 1263 958 0.7
UGR 131712 15 44 392 523 44 – – 1002 958 0.6
Unbridled 20 436 479 261 87 – – 1263 828 0.7
USAW 90020 8 131 523 174 305 131 1263 1133 0.7
Warrior 26 131 261 131 87 44 653 523 0.4
WDL 0409 22 87 305 131 87 174 784 697 0.5
Wolverine 28 305 218 131 44 44 741 436 0.4
Average – – 305 218 131 44 44 741 436 0.4
LSD(0.05) – – 326 377 322 251 155 705 660 0.4

1 Ranked according to total marketable number.
2 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 11. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit weight, (cwt.), per acre by various weight classes including average fruit size¹ for harvest 4. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank2

Cwt. (x100) by size

Total / Acre

Mkt / Acre3

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 5 13 34 20 16 11 94 81
7187 16 – – 15 12 17 – – 44 44
ACX 6177 10 – – 29 27 – – – – 56 56
Captivation 22 4 26 6 – – – – 36 32
Charismatic 23 3 4 7 18 – – 33 29
Crunchy Red 2 6 – – 8 32 36 100 94
Embasy 6 2 26 27 18 10 83 81
Exclamation 13 8 10 33 8 – – 59 51
Fascination 11 – – 21 14 18 – – 52 52
Fascination-Graft 12 – – 6 8 18 20 51 51
KB 12142 36 – – 6 – – – – – – 6 6
Kingman 25 2 – – 7 9 10 28 25
Lucille 17 – – 23 20 – – – – 43 43
Maxima 33 20 4 7 – – – – 24 11
Melody 7 – – 24 33 8 9 74 74
Premont 9 4 22 26 8 11 71 67
Razorback 14 – – 15 14 17 – – 46 46
Savannah 18 10 20 13 9 – – 51 41
Secretariat 28 6 4 8 8 – – 26 20
SV0241WA 30 10 9 – – 8 – – 26 17
Summer Breeze 31 7 9 6 – – – – 22 15
Road Trip 20 4 13 20 – – – – 37 34
SV7112WA 27 4 21 – – – – – – 25 21
Joy Ride 32 6 5 – – 8 – – 18 13
Sweet Dawn 19 7 5 21 – – 12 45 39
Sweet Polly 29 7 10 – – – – 10 26 20
Talca 35 3 10 – – – – – – 13 10
Traveler 1 10 25 50 17 20 122 112
Tri-X-313 26 9 19 6 – – – – 34 25
Troubadour 15 7 29 7 9 – – 52 45
UGR 131712 4 6 26 54 9 – – 94 88
Unbridled 24 – – 16 13 – – – – 29 29
USAW 90020 34 10 11 – – – – – – 21 11
Warrior 8 13 17 33 9 10 82 69
WDL 0409 3 6 28 41 9 12 97 90
Wolverine 21 3 10 14 – – 10 37 33
Average – – 7 16 19 13 14 49 44
LSD (0.05) – – 14 31 30 28 28 45 44

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 12. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Bin boxes per acre by various various weight classes including average fruit size¹ for harvest 4. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Bin boxes / acre by size grade2

Mkt / Acre3

% Total Yield by Count

Avg lb./ fruit

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

30

36

45

60

7167 1.8 4.9 2.9 2.3 1.6 11.6 12 17 21 37 13.8
7187 – – 2.1 1.7 2.4 – – 6.3 – – 39 27 34 13.4
ACX 6177 – – 4.1 3.9 – – – – 8.0 – – – – 48 52 12.7
Captivation – – 3.7 0.9 – – – – 4.6 – – – – 17 73 12.8
Charismatic – – 0.6 1.0 2.6 – – 4.1 – – 55 22 13 16.2
Crunchy Red – – – – 1.1 4.6 5.1 13.5 36 32 8 – – 17.2
Embasy 0.3 3.7 3.9 2.6 1.4 11.6 12 22 33 31 14.0
Exclamation 1.2 1.5 4.7 1.1 – – 7.3 – – 14 56 18 12.4
Fascination – – 2.9 2.0 2.6 – – 7.5 – – 35 27 40 16.1
Fascination-Graft – – 0.8 1.1 2.6 2.9 7.3 39 35 15 11 19.5
KB 12142 – – 0.8 – – – – – – 0.8 – – – – – – 100 13.8
Kingman 0.3 – – 1.0 1.3 1.4 3.6 36 32 24 – – 17.9
Lucille – – 3.3 2.8 – – – – 6.1 – – – – 45 55 12.7
Maxima 2.8 0.6 1.0 – – – – 1.5 – – – – 28 17 9.9
Melody – – 3.4 4.7 1.1 1.4 10.6 13 11 45 32 14.8
Premont 0.5 3.1 3.7 1.1 1.6 9.5 16 11 37 31 14.3
Razorback – – 2.1 2.0 2.4 – – 6.5 – – 37 31 33 15.0
Savannah 1.4 2.9 1.8 1.3 – – 5.9 – – 18 25 39 12.1
Secretariat 0.9 0.6 1.1 1.1 – – 2.9 – – 31 29 15 11.0
SV0241WA 1.4 1.3 – – 1.1 – – 2.4 – – 31 – – 35 10.3
Summer Breeze 0.9 1.3 0.9 – – – – 2.1 – – – – 29 41 10.4
Road Trip 0.6 1.9 2.9 – – – – 4.8 – – – – 53 35 12.2
SV7112WA 0.5 3.0 – – – – – – 3.0 – – – – – – 85 11.2
Joy Ride 0.8 0.7 – – 1.1 – – 1.8 – – 44 – – 27 10.8
Sweet Dawn 1.0 0.8 3.0 – – 1.7 5.5 26 – – 47 12 17.1
Sweet Polly 0.9 1.5 – – – – 1.4 2.9 37 – – – – 40 12.0
Talca 0.4 1.4 – – – – – – 1.4 – – – – – – 78 9.0
Traveler 1.5 3.5 7.1 2.4 2.9 16.0 16 14 41 20 14.5
Tri-X-313 1.4 2.7 0.8 – – – – 3.5 – – – – 17 56 10.0
Troubadour 1.0 4.2 0.9 1.3 – – 6.4 – – 17 13 56 11.9
UGR 131712 0.9 3.6 7.7 1.3 – – 12.6 – – 10 57 27 13.3
Unbridled – – 2.3 1.9 – – – – 4.1 – – – – 46 55 14.0
USAW 90020 1.4 1.5 – – – – – – 1.5 – – – – – – 51 10.1
Warrior 1.9 2.4 4.7 1.3 1.4 9.8 12 11 40 21 13.8
WDL 0409 0.9 4.1 5.8 1.3 1.7 12.9 12 9 42 29 14.2
Wolverine 0.5 1.4 1.9 – – 1.4 4.7 27 – – 37 27 15.4
Average 1.1 2.3 2.7 1.9 2.0 6.2 22.6 24.9 33.1 38.9 13
LSD (0.05) 2.0 4.4 4.3 4.0 4.0 6.3 – – – – – – – – – –

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size grade category and average lb./fruit are rounded to the nearest tenths; percentage count by
category rounded to nearest whole **

Table 13. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit number for harvest 4 by various weight classes (per acre) including fruit number per plant. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank1

Fruit size category

Total Number

Total Mkt. No.2

Fruit No./ Plant

< 9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 4 174 305 131 87 44 741 566 0.4
7187 15 – – 131 87 87 – – 305 305 0.2
ACX 6177 8 – – 261 174 – – – – 436 436 0.3
Captivation 18 44 218 44 – – – – 305 261 0.2
Charismatic 25 44 44 44 87 – – 218 174 0.1
Crunchy Red 5 87 – – 44 174 131 610 523 0.4
Embasy 5 44 218 174 87 44 566 523 0.3
Exclamation 11 131 87 218 44 – – 479 349 0.3
Fascination 11 – – 174 87 87 87 349 349 0.2
Fascination-Graft 18 – – 44 44 87 – – 261 261 0.2
KB 12142 36 – – 44 – – – – – – 44 44 0.0
Kingman 27 44 – – 44 44 44 174 131 0.1
Lucille 11 – – 218 131 – – – – 349 349 0.2
Maxima 32 174 44 44 – – – – 261 87 0.2
Melody 5 – – 218 218 44 44 523 523 0.3
Premont 8 44 174 174 44 44 479 436 0.3
Razorback 15 – – 131 87 87 – – 305 305 0.2
Savannah 15 131 174 87 44 – – 436 305 0.3
Secretariat 27 87 44 44 44 – – 218 131 0.1
SV0241WA 27 131 87 – – 44 – – 261 131 0.2
Summer Breeze 27 87 87 44 – – – – 218 131 0.1
Road Trip 18 44 131 131 – – – – 305 261 0.2
SV7112WA 25 44 174 – – – – – – 218 174 0.1
Joy Ride 32 87 44 – – 44 – – 174 87 0.1
Sweet Dawn 21 87 44 131 – – 44 305 218 0.2
Sweet Polly 27 87 87 – – – – 44 218 131 0.1
Talca 32 44 87 – – – – – – 131 87 0.1
Traveler 1 131 218 349 87 87 871 741 0.5
Tri-X-313 21 131 174 44 – – – – 349 218 0.2
Troubadour 11 87 261 44 44 – – 436 349 0.3
UGR 131712 2 87 218 348 44 – – 697 610 0.4
Unbridled 21 – – 131 87 – – – – 218 218 0.1
USAW 90020 32 131 87 – – – – – – 218 87 0.1
Warrior 8 174 131 – – 44 44 610 436 0.4
WDL 0409 2 87 261 261 44 44 697 610 0.4
Wolverine 21 44 87 87 – – 44 261 218 0.2
Average – – 89 143 118 69 61 368 299 0.2
LSD(0.05) – – 191 271 196 145 116 350 309 0.2

1 Ranked according to total marketable number.
2 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 14. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit weight, (cwt.), per acre by various weight classes including average fruit size¹ for harvest 5. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank2

Cwt. (x100) by size

Total / Acre

Mkt / Acre3

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 2 6 44 19 16 81 166 160
7187 19 14 46 12 – – – – 72 58
ACX 6177 9 17 55 25 8 11 115 99
Captivation 33 – – 11 12 – – – – 23 23
Charismatic 16 13 34 20 16 – – 82 69
Crunchy Red 1 14 68 69 16 32 198 185
Embasy 12 3 35 20 8 13 79 76
Exclamation 32 18 24 – – – – – – 42 24
Fascination 4 22 59 41 – – 51 173 151
Fascination-Graft 5 9 37 43 25 43 157 147
KB 12142 26 28 24 20 – – – – 72 44
Kingman 22 7 43 6 – – – – 56 49
Lucille 27 7 14 20 9 – – 49 42
Maxima 25 25 22 13 – – 11 69 45
Melody 21 21 40 13 – – – – 73 52
Premont 6 4 45 46 33 – – 128 124
Razorback 11 3 15 21 41 – – 80 77
Savannah 23 21 24 6 9 10 70 49
Secretariat 35 10 13 6 – – – – 29 20
SV0241WA 36 17 4 – – – – – – 21 4
Summer Breeze 34 5 5 7 – – 10 27 22
Road Trip 31 – – 11 7 8 – – 25 25
SV7112WA 17 6 17 26 – – 21 71 64
Joy Ride 30 7 10 – – 8 11 35 28
Sweet Dawn 20 6 32 25 – – – – 64 58
Sweet Polly 24 25 18 14 17 – – 73 49
Talca 15 14 34 8 18 11 84 70
Traveler 7 8 72 28 – – 10 118 109
Tri-X-313 28 3 25 13 – – – – 42 38
Troubadour 3 16 76 57 25 – – 173 157
UGR 131712 10 19 28 33 17 – – 96 77
Unbridled 18 17 37 14 – – 10 77 60
USAW 90020 13 20 42 25 8 – – 95 75
Warrior 29 3 24 – – – – 10 37 34
WDL 0409 14 4 19 53 – – – – 76 72
Wolverine 8 7 47 33 17 10 113 106
Average – – 12 32 24 17 21 82 71
LSD (0.05) – – 21 45 36 38 62 83 77

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after
triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 15. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Bin boxes per acre by various various weight classes including average fruit size¹ for harvest 5. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Bin boxes / acre by size grade2

Mkt / Acre3

% Total Yield by Count

Avg lb./ fruit

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

30

36

45

60

7167 0.9 6.3 2.7 2.3 11.5 22.8 49 10 12 26 21.5
7187 2.0 6.5 1.8 – – – – 8.3 – – – – 17 64 10.9
ACX 6177 2.4 7.8 3.6 1.2 1.5 14.1 9 7 22 47 11.9
Captivation – – 1.6 1.8 – – – – 3.4 – – – – 53 47 14.5
Charismatic 1.9 4.8 2.9 2.2 – – 9.9 – – 19 25 41 12.2
Crunchy Red 2.0 9.7 9.9 2.3 4.5 26.4 16 8 35 34 13.9
Embasy 0.4 5.0 2.9 1.2 1.8 10.9 16 10 25 44 13.4
Exclamation 2.5 3.4 – – – – – – 3.4 – – – – – – 58 8.6
Fascination 3.2 8.4 5.8 – – 7.3 21.5 30 – – 24 34 20.2
Fascination-Graft 1.3 5.3 6.1 3.5 6.1 21.0 27 16 27 24 14.9
KB 12142 4.0 3.4 2.9 – – – – 6.3 – – – – 28 33 8.9
Kingman 1.0 6.2 0.9 – – – – 7.1 – – – – 11 77 11.1
Lucille 1.0 2.0 2.8 1.2 – – 6.0 – – 17 40 28 12.0
Maxima 3.5 3.1 1.8 – – 1.5 6.4 15 – – 18 31 11.6
Melody 3.0 5.6 1.8 – – – – 7.4 – – – – 17 54 9.4
Premont 0.5 6.5 6.6 4.6 – – 17.7 – – 25 36 36 13.8
Razorback 0.4 2.1 2.9 5.9 – – 10.9 – – 52 26 18 16.2
Savannah 2.9 3.4 0.9 1.3 1.5 7.0 15 13 9 34 10.5
Secretariat 1.4 1.9 0.9 – – – – 2.8 – – – – 22 46 9.6
SV0241WA 2.4 0.6 – – – – – – 0.6 – – – – – – 20 7.3
Summer Breeze 0.8 0.7 1.0 – – 1.4 3.1 36 – – 27 18 13.5
Road Trip – – 1.5 0.9 1.1 – – 3.6 – – 32 26 42 13.5
SV7112WA 0.9 2.4 3.7 – – 3.0 9.2 30 – – 37 24 16.6
Joy Ride 1.0 1.4 – – 1.2 1.5 4.1 30 23 – – 27 13.3
Sweet Dawn 0.9 4.6 3.6 – – – – 8.2 – – – – 40 50 11.1
Sweet Polly 3.5 2.6 1.9 2.5 – – 7.0 – – 24 18 24 13.4
Talca 2.0 4.9 1.1 2.6 1.6 10.0 13 21 9 40 12.6
Traveler 1.2 10.3 4.0 – – 1.4 15.6 8 – – 24 61 12.1
Tri-X-313 0.5 3.6 1.9 – – – – 5.5 – – – – 32 60 11.6
Troubadour 2.3 10.8 8.2 3.5 – – 22.5 – – 14 33 44 12.9
UGR 131712 2.7 4.0 4.7 2.4 – – 11.0 – – 17 34 29 10.3
Unbridled 2.4 5.3 1.9 – – 1.4 8.6 12 – – 18 48 10.8
USAW 90020 2.9 6.0 3.5 1.1 – – 10.7 – – 8 26 44 11.5
Warrior 0.5 3.5 – – – – 1.4 4.8 26 – – – – 65 14.9
WDL 0409 0.5 2.7 7.6 – – – – 10.3 – – – – 70 25 13.4
Wolverine 1.0 6.7 4.6 2.4 1.4 15.1 8 15 29 42 12.5
Average 1.8 4.6 3.4 2.4 3.1 10.1 21 18 27 40 13
LSD (0.05) 3.0 6.4 5.2 5.4 8.8 11.0 – – – – – – – – – –

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size grade category and average lb./fruit are rounded to the nearest tenths; percentage count by category rounded to nearest whole **

Table 16. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit number for harvest 5 by various weight classes (per acre) including fruit number per plant. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank1

Fruit size category

Total Number

Total Mkt. No.2

Fruit No./ Plant

< 9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 7 87 392 131 87 131 828 741 0.5
7187 15 174 392 87 – – – – 653 479 0.4
ACX 6177 7 218 479 174 44 44 958 741 0.6
Captivation 31 – – 87 87 – – – – 174 174 0.1
Charismatic 12 174 305 131 87 – – 697 523 0.4
Crunchy Red 1 174 610 436 87 131 1438 1263 0.8
Embasy 12 44 305 131 44 44 566 523 0.3
Exclamation 30 218 218 – – – – – – 436 218 0.3
Fascination 6 305 523 261 – – 44 1133 828 0.7
Fascination-Graft 3 131 349 261 131 174 1045 915 0.6
KB 12142 23 436 218 131 – – – – 784 349 0.5
Kingman 20 87 392 44 – – – – 523 436 0.3
Lucille 27 87 131 131 44 0 392 305 0.2
Maxima 23 305 218 87 – – 44 653 349 0.4
Melody 20 305 349 87 – – – – 741 436 0.4
Premont 4 44 392 305 174 – – 915 871 0.5
Razorback 15 44 131 131 218 0 523 479 0.3
Savannah 23 305 218 44 44 44 653 349 0.4
Secretariat 31 131 131 44 – – – – 305 174 0.2
SV0241WA 36 261 44 – – – – – – 305 44 0.2
Summer Breeze 35 87 44 44 – – 44 218 131 0.1
Road Trip 31 – – 87 44 44 0 174 174 0.1
SV7112WA 22 87 131 174 – – 87 479 392 0.3
Joy Ride 31 87 87 – – 44 44 261 174 0.2
Sweet Dawn 15 87 305 174 – – – – 566 479 0.3
Sweet Polly 23 305 174 87 87 – – 653 349 0.4
Talca 15 174 305 44 87 44 653 479 0.4
Traveler 4 131 653 174 – – 44 1002 871 0.6
Tri-X-313 27 44 218 87 – – – – 349 305 0.2
Troubadour 2 218 653 392 131 – – 1394 1176 0.8
UGR 131712 10 261 261 218 87 – – 828 566 0.5
Unbridled 15 218 349 87 – – 44 697 479 0.4
USAW 90020 10 261 349 174 44 0 828 566 0.5
Warrior 29 44 218 – – – – 44 305 261 0.2
WDL 0409 12 44 174 349 – – – – 566 523 0.3
Wolverine 7 87 392 218 87 44 828 741 0.5
Average – – 167 286 155 87 52 653 496 0.4
LSD(0.05) – – 278 395 244 198 146 648 527 0.4

1 Ranked according to total marketable number.
2 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 17. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit weight, (cwt.), per acre by various weight classes including average fruit size¹ for harvest 6. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank2

Cwt. (x100) by size

Total / Acre

Mkt / Acre3

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 7 28 21 26 8 – – 83 55
7187 6 11 38 19 – – – – 67 56
ACX 6177 5 15 38 19 – – – – 72 57
Captivation 26 24 15 – – – – – – 39 15
Charismatic 27 10 14 – – – – – – 24 14
Crunchy Red 1 18 76 33 8 11 146 128
Embasy 12 18 37 – – – – – – 55 37
Exclamation 15 7 17 6 8 – – 37 31
Fascination 10 14 14 15 18 – – 61 47
Fascination-Graft 4 16 56 28 – – – – 100 84
KB 12142 32 31 – – 6 – – – – 37 6
Kingman 17 5 23 6 – – – – 34 29
Lucille 33 19 6 – – – – – – 25 6
Maxima – – 4 – – – – – – – – 4 0
Melody 13 22 25 – – 9 – – 56 33
Premont 2 28 55 34 9 10 136 108
Razorback 11 21 14 19 8 – – 62 41
Savannah 24 10 9 6 – – – – 26 16
Secretariat 29 9 13 – – – – – – 22 13
SV0241WA – – 7 – – – – – – – – 7 0
Summer Breeze 30 7 5 6 – – – – 17 11
Road Trip 22 7 13 7 – – – – 27 20
SV7112WA 25 3 15 – – – – – – 18 15
Joy Ride 23 22 9 7 – – – – 37 16
Sweet Dawn 18 21 29 – – – – – – 50 29
Sweet Polly 31 11 9 – – – – – – 20 9
Talca 16 16 9 20 – – – – 45 30
Traveler 3 43 43 26 16 19 147 105
Tri-X-313 28 13 13 – – – – – – 26 13
Troubadour 8 35 43 6 – – – – 84 49
UGR 131712 14 19 18 6 9 – – 52 33
Unbridled 9 13 32 6 9 – – 60 47
USAW 90020 34 11 4 – – – – – – 15 4
Warrior 21 17 9 – – – – 14 40 23
WDL 0409 19 39 13 13 – – – – 65 26
Wolverine 20 11 17 – – 8 – – 36 26
Average – – 17 23 15 10 14 51 34
LSD (0.05) – – 25 36 28 32 38 65 55

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after
triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 18. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Bin boxes per acre by various various weight classes including average fruit size1 for harvest 6. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Bin boxes / acre by size grade2

Mkt / Acre3

% Total Yield by Count

Avg lb./ fruit

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

30

36

45

60

7167 4.0 3.0 3.6 1.2 – – 7.9 – – 10 31 26 10.9
7187 1.5 5.4 2.7 – – – – 8.0 – – – – 28 57 10.5
ACX 6177 2.2 5.4 2.7 – – – – 8.1 – – – – 26 52 10.3
Captivation 3.5 2.1 – – – – – – 2.1 – – – – – – 38 9.1
Charismatic 1.4 2.1 – – – – – – 2.1 – – – – – – 60 9.3
Crunchy Red 2.6 10.8 4.7 1.1 1.6 18.2 7 5 23 52 12.7
Embasy 2.5 5.3 – – – – – – 5.3 – – – – – – 68 9.1
Exclamation 1.0 2.4 0.9 1.1 – – 4.4 – – 21 17 45 10.6
Fascination 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.5 – – 6.7 – – 29 24 24 11.2
Fascination-Graft 2.3 8.0 4.0 – – – – 12.0 – – – – 28 56 10.1
KB 12142 4.4 – – 0.9 – – – – 0.9 – – – – 16 – – 9.4
Kingman 0.8 3.3 0.9 – – – – 4.1 – – – – 18 67 9.3
Lucille 2.8 0.8 – – – – – – 0.8 – – – – – – 23 8.0
Maxima 0.5 – – – – – – – – 0.0 – – – – – – – – 8.6
Melody 3.2 3.5 – – 1.2 – – 4.8 – – 16 – – 44 12.6
Premont 4.0 7.8 4.9 1.3 1.4 15.4 7 7 25 40 13.3
Razorback 3.0 2.0 2.7 1.1 – – 5.9 – – 13 31 23 10.3
Savannah 1.5 1.3 0.9 – – – – 2.2 – – – – 25 35 10.1
Secretariat 1.3 1.8 – – – – – – 1.8 – – – – – – 58 7.3
SV0241WA 1.0 – – – – – – – – 0.0 – – – – – – – – 8.4
Summer Breeze 1.0 0.7 0.8 – – – – 1.5 – – – – 34 27 10.1
Road Trip 1.0 1.9 1.0 – – – – 2.9 – – – – 25 49 10.4
SV7112WA 0.4 2.1 – – – – – – 2.1 – – – – – – 83 10.2
Joy Ride 3.1 1.3 0.9 – – – – 2.3 – – – – 17 25 8.2
Sweet Dawn 3.1 4.1 – – – – – – 4.1 – – – – – – 57 8.3
Sweet Polly 1.5 1.3 – – – – – – 1.3 – – – – – – 46 9.1
Talca 2.2 1.3 2.9 – – – – 4.2 – – – – 45 20 10.2
Traveler 6.1 6.2 3.7 2.3 2.8 14.9 13 11 18 29 10.4
Tri-X-313 1.8 1.9 – – – – – – 1.9 – – – – – – 52 8.3
Troubadour 5.0 6.1 0.8 – – – – 7.0 – – – – 7 51 8.3
UGR 131712 2.7 2.5 0.9 1.3 – – 4.7 – – 17 12 34 9.3
Unbridled 1.8 4.6 0.9 1.3 – – 6.8 – – 15 10 54 9.3
USAW 90020 1.5 0.6 – – – – – – 0.6 – – – – – – 29 8.3
Warrior 2.4 1.3 – – – – 2.0 3.3 36 – – – – 22 10.4
WDL 0409 5.5 1.9 1.9 – – – – 3.8 – – – – 21 20 9.1
Wolverine 1.5 2.5 – – 1.2 – – 3.7 – – 23 – – 47 11.4
Average 2.4 3.3 2.1 1.4 1.9 4.9 15.9 15.1 22.9 42.8 10
LSD (0.05) 3.6 5.2 4.0 4.5 5.4 7.9 – – – – – – – – – –

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size grade category and average lb./fruit are rounded to the nearest tenths; percentage count by
category rounded to nearest whole **

Table 19. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit number for harvest 6 by various weight classes (per acre) including fruit number per plant. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank1

Fruit size category

Total Number

Total Mkt. No.2

Fruit No./ Plant

< 9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 7 392 218 174 44 – – 828 436 0.5
7187 5 131 349 131 – – – – 610 479 0.4
ACX 6177 5 218 349 131 – – – – 697 479 0.4
Captivation 22 305 131 – – – – – – 436 131 0.3
Charismatic 22 131 131 – – – – – – 261 131 0.2
Crunchy Red 1 218 653 218 44 44 1176 958 0.7
Embasy 10 261 349 – – – – – – 610 349 0.4
Exclamation 13 87 174 44 44 – – 349 261 0.2
Fascination 11 174 131 87 87 – – 479 305 0.3
Fascination-Graft 4 218 523 174 – – – – 915 697 0.5
KB 12142 32 392 – – 44 – – – – 436 44 0.3
Kingman 13 87 218 44 – – – – 349 261 0.2
Lucille 32 261 44 – – – – – – 305 44 0.2
Maxima – – 44 – – – – – – – – 44 – – 0.1
Melody 13 305 218 – – 44 – – 566 261 0.3
Premont 2 349 479 218 44 44 1133 784 0.7
Razorback 11 261 131 131 44 – – 566 305 0.3
Savannah 22 131 87 44 – – – – 261 131 0.2
Secretariat 22 131 131 – – – – – – 261 131 0.2
SV0241WA – – 87 – – – – – – – – 87 0 0.1
Summer Breeze 30 87 44 44 – – – – 174 87 0.1
Road Trip 21 87 131 44 – – – – 261 174 0.2
SV7112WA 22 44 131 – – – – – – 174 131 0.1
Joy Ride 22 305 87 44 – – – – 436 131 0.3
Sweet Dawn 13 305 261 – – – – – – 566 261 0.3
Sweet Polly 30 131 87 – – – – – – 218 87 0.1
Talca 18 218 87 131 – – – – 436 218 0.3
Traveler 3 566 392 174 87 87 1307 741 0.8
Tri-X-313 22 174 131 – – – – – – 305 131 0.2
Troubadour 7 523 392 44 – – – – 958 436 0.6
UGR 131712 13 261 174 44 44 – – 523 261 0.3
Unbridled 9 174 305 44 44 – – 566 392 0.3
USAW 90020 32 131 44 – – – – – – 174 44 0.1
Warrior 22 261 87 – – – – 44 392 131 0.2
WDL 0409 18 523 131 87 – – – – 741 218 0.4
Wolverine 18 131 174 – – 44 – – 349 218 0.2
Average – – 225 211 100 52 55 499 281 0.3
LSD(0.05) – – 335 333 183 162 149 602 426 0.3

1 Ranked according to total marketable number.
2 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 20. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Cumulative weight, (cwt.), per acre of fruit harvested by various weight classes including average fruit size1. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank2

Cwt. (x100) by size

Total / Acre

Mkt / Acre3

<9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 3 73 237 260 92 142 804 731
7187 22 78 265 122 84 29 578 499
ACX 6177 5 69 258 227 110 32 696 627
Captivation 16 68 174 184 136 41 603 535
Charismatic 15 84 179 247 99 10 618 535
Crunchy Red 1 59 231 219 193 179 881 822
Embasy 10 48 217 178 119 52 615 567
Exclamation 11 68 167 229 124 44 633 565
Fascination 6 61 200 221 109 95 687 626
Fascination-Graft 24 31 138 137 108 105 519 488
KB 12142 27 111 267 153 48 10 589 478
Kingman 20 77 189 132 143 40 582 505
Lucille 8 60 215 232 118 39 664 604
Maxima 36 95 93 86 25 64 363 266
Melody 19 94 274 119 76 40 602 508
Premont 2 48 251 280 176 41 795 747
Razorback 9 62 262 134 170 31 660 597
Savannah 29 80 174 124 137 39 554 474
Secretariat 31 102 192 119 84 21 517 415
SV0241WA 35 128 166 40 66 33 431 304
Summer Breeze 34 90 154 113 52 61 471 381
Road Trip 30 52 213 132 67 44 508 456
SV7112WA 26 46 146 155 116 63 526 480
Joy Ride 17 78 182 199 101 46 605 528
Sweet Dawn 28 51 155 175 90 55 526 475
Sweet Polly 21 85 153 173 102 73 585 500
Talca 33 89 177 140 61 23 489 400
Traveler 4 125 332 204 143 50 854 729
Tri-X-313 18 56 204 177 121 22 580 525
Troubadour 7 135 349 175 75 20 753 618
UGR 131712 32 62 177 190 42 0 472 409
Unbridled 13 72 246 161 68 83 630 558
USAW 90020 23 69 219 146 88 0 561 492
Warrior 12 70 225 205 75 54 630 559
WDL 0409 14 83 170 196 83 106 638 555
Wolverine 25 100 246 146 50 39 580 481
Average – – 77 208 170 99 51 606 529
LSD (0.05) – – 46 85 111 82 75 177 190

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 21. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Bin boxes per acre by various weight classes including average fruit size1. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Bin boxes/acre2

Mkt / Acre3

% Total Yield by Count

Avg lb./ fruit

<9.0

9.0- 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

30

36

45

60

7167 10.4 33.9 37.1     13.1 20.3 104.4 30 33 10 17 14.2
7187 11.1 37.9 17.4 12.0 4.1 71.3 51 18 12 3 11.7
ACX 6177 9.9 36.9 32.4 15.7 4.6 89.6 38 31 16 5 12.8
Captivation 9.7 24.9 26.3 19.4 5.9 76.4 30 30 22 6 13.5
Charismatic 12.0 25.6 35.3 14.1 1.4 76.4 30 38 17 1 12.5
Crunchy Red 8.4 33.0 31.3 27.6 25.6 117.4 26 25 22 20 14.9
Embasy 6.9 31.0 25.4 17.0 7.4 81.0 36 26 22 7 13.1
Exclamation 9.7 23.9 32.7 17.7 6.3 80.7 27 37 19 7 13.5
Fascination 8.7 28.6 31.6 15.6 13.6 89.4 30 33 15 12 14.4
Fascination-Graft 4.4 19.7 19.6 15.4 15.0 69.7 25 26 21 22 14.8
KB 12142 15.9 38.1 21.9 6.9 1.4 68.3 46 25 7 2 11.3
Kingman 11.0 27.0 18.9 20.4 5.7 72.1 33 22 24 7 12.8
Lucille 8.6 30.7 33.1 16.9 5.6 86.3 33 35 18 6 13.4
Maxima 13.6 13.3 12.3 3.6 9.1 38.0 27 23 8 17 11.5
Melody 13.4 39.1 17.0 10.9 5.7 72.6 44 19 14 7 11.8
Premont 6.9 35.9 40.0 25.1 5.9 106.7 32 35 22 6 14.1
Razorback 8.9 37.4 19.1 24.3 4.4 85.3 40 21 26 4 13.0
Savannah 11.4 24.9 17.7 19.6 5.6 67.7 31 22 26 7 12.6
Secretariat 14.6 27.4 17.0 12.0 3.0 59.3 36 21 15 4 11.4
SV0241WA 18.3 23.7 5.7 9.4 4.7 43.4 39 9 14 7 10.5
Summer Breeze 12.9 22.0 16.1 7.4 8.7 54.4 34 25 10 11 12.1
Road Trip 7.4 30.4 18.9 9.6 6.3 65.1 41 26 15 8 12.6
SV7112WA 6.6 20.9 22.1 16.6 9.0 68.6 28 29 22 13 14.0
Joy Ride 11.1 26.0 28.4 14.4 6.6 75.4 31 31 16 8 12.8
Sweet Dawn 7.3 22.1 25.0 12.8 7.9 67.8 29 33 17 11 13.5
Sweet Polly 12.1 21.9 24.7 14.6 10.4 71.4 27 30 17 12 13.1
Talca 12.7 25.3 20.0 8.7 3.3 57.1 36 29 12 5 12.0
Traveler 17.9 47.4 29.1 20.4 7.1 104.1 40 24 15 5 12.2
Tri-X-313 8.0 29.1 25.3 17.3 3.1 75.0 37 30 20 4 12.9
Troubadour 19.3 49.9 25.0 10.7 2.9 88.3 47 23 9 3 11.4
UGR 131712 8.9 25.3 27.1 6.0 0.0 58.4 38 39 8 0 12.1
Unbridled 10.3 35.1 23.0 9.7 11.9 79.7 41 25 10 12 13.2
USAW 90020 9.9 31.3 20.9 12.6 0.0 70.3 39 26 16 0 12.8
Warrior 10.0 32.1 29.3 10.7 7.7 79.9 37 31 11 8 12.9
WDL 0409 11.9 24.3 28.0 11.9 15.1 79.3 27 30 13 16 13.3
Wolverine 14.3 35.1 20.9 7.1 5.6 68.7 43 24 8 7 11.7
Average 10.9 29.7 24.3 14.1 7.2 75.5 35 27 16 8 12.8
LSD (0.05) 6.6 12.1 15.9 11.7 10.7 27.1 15 14 12 11 1.9

1 Yields are calculated using 100 percent seedless watermelon population. SP-6 pollinizers were interplanted after triploid plants 1, 5, and 9, (3 plants/plot). Fruit weights for each category are rounded to the nearest whole number.
2 Ranked according to total marketable weight.
3 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size grade category and average lb./fruit are rounded to the nearest tenths; percentage count by category rounded to nearest whole **

Table 22. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Fruit number for cumulative harvests, (4), by various weight classes (per acre) including fruit number per plant. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Rank1

Fruit size category

Total Number

Total Mkt. No.2

Fruit No./ Plant

< 9.0

9.0 – 13.5

13.6 – 17.5

17.6 – 21.4

> 21.5

7167 5 1002 2091 1742 479 392 5706 4705 3.3
7187 16 1002 2352 828 436 131 4835 3746 2.8
ACX 6177 6 915 2309 1481 566 131 5401 4487 3.1
Captivation 22 871 1481 1220 697 174 4443 3572 2.6
Charismatic 12 1133 1612 1612 523 44 4922 3790 2.9
Crunchy Red 2 741 2047 1394 1002 741 5924 5184 3.4
Embasy 10 697 1917 1176 610 218 4617 3920 2.7
Exclamation 12 915 1481 1481 653 174 4705 3790 2.7
Fascination 9 828 1742 1438 566 218 4792 3964 2.8
Fascination-Graft 29 436 1263 871 566 436 3572 3136 2.1
KB 12142 18 1525 2352 1002 261 44 5184 3659 3.0
Kingman 23 1089 1699 871 741 174 4574 3485 2.6
Lucille 8 784 1873 1525 610 174 4966 4182 2.9
Maxima 36 1394 871 566 131 261 3223 1830 1.9
Melody 12 1307 2439 784 392 174 5097 3790 2.9
Premont 3 610 2134 1830 915 174 5663 5053 3.3
Razorback 7 828 2352 871 871 131 5053 4225 2.9
Savannah 25 1089 1612 828 697 174 4400 3311 2.3
Secretariat 31 1438 1786 784 436 87 4530 3093 2.6
SV0241WA 35 1873.1 1525 261 349 131 4138 2265 2.4
Summer Breeze 34 1176 1438 741 261 261 3877 2701 2.2
Road Trip 27 741 1873 871 349 174 4008 3267 2.3
SV7112WA 29 653 1263 1002 610 261 3790 3136 2.2
Joy Ride 20 1089 1612 1307 523 174 4705 3616 2.7
Sweet Dawn 28 697 1394 1133 479 218 3920 3223 2.3
Sweet Polly 25 1133 1394 1089 523 305 4443 3311 2.6
Talca 33 1220 1612 915 305 87 4138 2919 2.4
Traveler 1 1655 2962 1350 741 218 6926 5271 4.0
Tri-X-313 17 784 1786 1176 653 87 4487 3703 2.6
Troubadour 4 1829.5 3093 1176 392 87 6578 4748 3.8
UGR 131712 32 871 1525 1263 218 0 3877 3006 2.2
Unbridled 15 1002 2222 1045 349 174 4792 3790 2.8
USAW 90020 23 915 1917 958 436 0 4400 3485 2.5
Warrior 10 958 1960 1350 392 218 4879 3920 2.8
WDL 0409 18 1133 1525 1263 436 436 4792 3659 2.8
Wolverine 20 1350 2222 958 261 174 4966 3616 2.9
Average – – 1047 1854 1116 512 196 4731 3682 2.7
LSD(0.05) – – 624 760 727 426 271 1085 1177 0.6

1 Ranked according to total marketable number.
2 Includes fruit ≥ 9 pounds.
** Each number for fruit size category and cumulative totals are rounded to the nearest whole number**

Table 23.1. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Interior fruit quality. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

SS2

Flesh  Color3

Sd. Trace Size4

Hard Sd. Pop.5

LD6

Rind7

Flesh Firmness8

Foliage Remaining9

7167 12.1 3.9 1.8 1.4 1.3 15.0 3.0 8.4
7187 12.0 3.9 2.0 2.6 1.2 17.3 3.0 6.4
ACX 6177 12.3 4.1 1.6 1.7 1.1 18.4 3.3 7.1
Captivation 12.5 4.1 1.8 3.1 1.2 14.8 2.8 6.6
Charismatic 12.6 4.2 1.8 2.3 1.1 18.2 3.0 6.4
Crunchy Red 12.6 3.8 1.7 3.1 1.3 15.3 3.1 9.6
Embasy 12.6 4.2 1.5 4.8 1.2 15.5 3.0 8.4
Exclamation 12.5 4.1 1.9 1.2 1.2 14.9 3.4 6.4
Fascination 12.4 4.3 1.8 5.1 1.1 15.0 2.8 9.4
Fascination-Graft 12.8 4.3 1.7 6.1 1.3 16.8 3.8 9.4
KB 12142 11.9 4.1 2.7 0.1 1.2 15.9 2.5 6.8
Kingman 12.6 4.1 1.6 5.2 1.2 15.8 2.6 7.3
Lucille 11.9 4.2 1.9 0.3 1.2 17.1 2.7 6.9
Maxima 11.8 4.2 2.1 0.3 1.1 14.2 3.6 4.4
Melody 12.0 4.1 2.6 1.0 1.1 14.2 2.6 8.6
Premont 12.2 3.6 1.8 5.3 1.2 16.8 3.1 9.3
Razorback 12.0 3.8 2.8 1.4 1.1 18.9 2.7 7.3
Savannah 12.0 4.1 2.6 0.3 1.3 18.2 2.6 6.5
Secretariat 12.3 4.1 1.8 5.2 1.2 16.1 2.9 6.6
SV0241WA 12.3 4.4 2.0 0.3 1.3 14.9 2.9 5.8
Summer Breeze 12.9 4.3 2.0 1.3 1.1 15.3 3.2 4.9
SV7112WA 13.0 4.2 1.8 2.1 1.2 17.3 3.0 7.0
Road Trip 12.6 4.3 1.6 0.3 1.3 13.8 3.0 4.5
Joy Ride 11.9 4.1 1.8 0.1 1.3 14.7 4.0 4.0
Sweet Dawn 12.3 4.4 2.3 9.1 1.2 15.2 3.0 7.6
Sweet Polly 12.4 3.9 1.9 2.3 1.3 14.7 2.6 5.5
Talca 11.6 4.3 2.7 0.3 1.2 14.7 2.9 5.3
Traveler 11.2 4.0 2.9 7.8 1.1 15.5 2.7 9.3
Tri-X-313 12.5 3.9 2.4 0.0 1.2 14.9 2.3 7.3
Troubadour 12.0 3.9 2.6 2.1 1.1 15.3 3.0 8.9
UGR 131712 12.2 4.1 2.4 1.7 1.3 13.6 2.6 9.5
Unbridled 12.4 4.0 2.1 0.8 1.1 17.6 2.6 7.1
USAW 90020 11.9 3.7 2.2 0.3 1.1 15.8 2.1 8.3
Warrior 12.0 3.9 2.8 0.4 1.2 18.9 2.6 5.9
WDL 0409 12.6 4.1 1.8 0.5 1.3 14.0 2.7 7.6
Wolverine 12.5 3.6 2.8 0.3 1.1 18.2 2.9 6.3
Average 12.2 4.0 2.1 2.2 1.2 15.9 2.9 7.1
LSD(0.05) 0.9 0.3 0.6 4.1 0.06 2.79 0.4 2.0

1 Most measurements were obtained from fruits in harvest 1 and 2. 10 HH Percentage Rating Scale:
2 SS = Indicates sweetness, average of 5 melons per replication (20 total).
3 Rating: 1 = yellow, 2 = pink, 3 = red, 4 = medium-dark red, 5 = blood red.
4 Rating: 1=small (i.e. tomato), 3=medium, 5=large.
5 Average number of hard seeds couted within 5 melons per replication (20 total).
6 LD = Length and diameter ratio, average of 5 melons per replication (20 total).
7 Rind = Rind thickness (mm), measured from rind to where white and colored flesh meet.
8 Fruit pressure was taken by a penetrometer, Fruit Pressure Tester – FT011 from QA Supplies LLC, Norfolk Va.
9 Foliage Remaining: Foliage was lost mainly due to Fusarium wilt, race 2.
Scale: 10=100%; 9=90%; 8=80%; 7=70%; 6=60%; 5=50%; 4=40%

Table 23.2. Triploid Red-Flesh watermelon hybrid cultivar trial. Interior fruit quality. Clayton, N.C., 2015.

Cultivar

Hollow Heart Ratings 10

HH0

HH1

HH2

HH3

HH4

7167 95 5 0 0 0
7187 100 0 0 0 0
ACX 6177 100 0 0 0 0
Captivation 100 0 0 0 0
Charismatic 100 0 0 0 0
Crunchy Red 100 0 0 0 0
Embasy 95 5 0 0 0
Exclamation 95 5 0 0 0
Fascination 100 0 0 0 0
Fascination-Graft 95 5 0 0 0
KB 12142 100 0 0 0 0
Kingman 95 0 5 0 0
Lucille 95 0 5 0 0
Maxima 100 0 0 0 0
Melody 100 0 0 0 0
Premont 100 0 0 0 0
Razorback 100 0 0 0 0
Savannah 95 5 0 0 0
Secretariat 95 0 5 0 0
SV0241WA 100 0 0 0 0
Summer Breeze 100 0 0 0 0
SV7112WA 100 0 0 0 0
Road Trip 100 0 0 0 0
Joy Ride 95 0 0 5 0
Sweet Dawn 100 0 0 0 0
Sweet Polly 95 5 0 0 0
Talca 100 0 0 0 0
Traveler 100 0 0 0 0
Tri-X-313 90 10 0 0 0
Troubadour 100 0 0 0 0
UGR 131712 100 0 0 0 0
Unbridled 95 0 5 0 0
USAW 90020 90 10 0 0 0
Warrior 100 0 0 0 0
WDL 0409 100 0 0 0 0
Wolverine 100 0 0 0 0
Average 98 1 1 0 0
LSD(0.05) 8.6 6.9 4.6 2.3 0.0

10Hollow Heart Ratings:
HH0: No crack in flesh,
HH1: Slight crack in flesh,
HH2: Small crack in flesh,
HH3: Med. separation in flesh,
HH4: Complete separation in flesh to rind.
**HH3 & HH4 = Non-marketable