"Watermelon and melon transplants have started in late December/early January and are still ongoing. Many varieties are being planted so as to cover a wide calendar well into September," reports the sales manager of O.P. Agricola Campidanese Salvatore Lotta.
"We have confirmed 550 hectares, 200 of which will be destined to melons and mainly to the Piel De Sapo variety which, together with Corallo and Maiores, will be commercialized under the L'Orto di Eleonora brand. We are hoping for this year to be like the previous one in terms of both consumption and turnover, though we do hope to have fewer weather problems."
"Netted melon fruits are currently setting and they will be ready to be harvested in mid-April. The current weather is hastening production as, if the temperature continues to be mild, the 2020 campaign will definitely be early."
"At the moment, we are not particularly worried about a return of the cold weather as our crops are in greenhouses but it could be a problem should it happen in April/May, when productions are in outdoor polytunnels."