Syngenta offers new watermelon variety

02/28/2013 10:13:00 AM
Pamela Riemenschneider

Dean Liere (left), Syngenta watermelon portfolio manager, and Craig Mathis, program manager, display the companyPamela RiemenschneiderDean Liere (left), Syngenta watermelon portfolio manager, and Craig Mathis, program manager, display the company's new Exclamation seedless watermelon variety at the National Watermelon Association convention in San Antonio.SAN ANTONIO — Syngenta punctuated its seedless watermelon category with a new variety designed to please both growers and retailers.

The Exclamation seedless watermelon joins the company’s lineup as a late-season variety with firm flesh — a bonus for fresh-cut watermelon.

Craig Mathis, program manager for the Greensboro, N.C.-based company, said the variety offers a different genetic pool for growers, and complements other varieties in production. That includes the company’s popular Fascination variety, now in its fourth season of production.

The Exclamation has a deep green skin, which appeals to retailers, Mathis said.

It’s also available as a Full Count Deuces companion transplant, an option which helps growers reduce labor costs and keep the transplant process faster and cost-efficient.

The Deuces trays offer 3:1 seedless to pollenizer ratios, and help reduce errors in the field.

“In the next 3-5 years, you’ll see the industry go this way,” Mathis said.



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RAMON CORTEZ    
LOS MOCHIS, MEXICO  |  February, 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Looks like you two are gaining some weight jajaja looking good old friends. Greetings from good old sunny México.

Dean Liere    
Gilroy, CA  |  February, 28, 2013 at 07:58 PM

Ramon! Good to hear from you my friend, I need to look you up next time when I am in Mexico. Now that the holiday eating frenzy is done - time to eat more watermelon and get ready for spring! Ramon - Syngenta has some more new watermelon varieties that are most exciting!

Xingping    
CA  |  March, 01, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Excellent!!!

RAMON CORTEZ    
LOS MOCHIS, MEXICO  |  March, 04, 2013 at 09:48 AM

Dean: You know where to find me, i'm always around, let me know when you're coming down so i can get my hands on some of those watermelons.

MARCOS CHAVEZ    
Jalisco  |  October, 08, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Nice to see you both!! Old friends!! Looks like a teeners!...hahhah, Best,

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