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Javelin watermelon can be an asset when bad weather hits Australia

Last year’s unexpected Queensland downpours could have ruined melon grower Andrew Martens. … if it hadn’t been for the ‘Javelin’ breed of watermelon.

For Martens, co-owner of Marto Farms, a year's average rainfall falling on his watermelon crop within two months was unexpected. Unfortunately for the Bundaberg vegetable grower, this is exactly what happened in the latter half of 2017.
"Some watermelon varieties really don't cope well with such extreme rainfall," he said. "That's why we were extremely happy that we decided to grow Javelin again this year."

News-mail.com reported on the Javelin, Syngenta's latest watermelon, bred specifically for Australian growers and markets, featuring a shorter maturity than some traditional varieties.

"Because the variety has a faster maturity rate than others it allowed us to harvest a little earlier, which ended up making all the difference," Martens said.

Publication date: 1/31/2018


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