Industry Suppliers

Chemical Companies

Wilbur Ellis
3908 W. Monte Cristo
Edinburg, TX 78539
Contact: Wilford Lucas
Phone: (956) 383-8433
Fax: (956) 380-6807
Web site: www.wilburellis.com

Miller Chemical and Fertilizer, LLC
Contact: Wes Joost
323 Hidden Pt.
New Braunfels, TX
78132
 
TriEst Ag Group, Inc.
Contact: Robert Borchardt
P.O. Box 965
Tifton, GA 31793
 
AgriEdge - Syngenta Crop Protection
Kristin Anderson 
336-580-9715
746 Hot Spring Valley
Buda, Texas 78610


Government

Texas Agrilife Extension Service
2401 Hwy. 83
Weslaco, TX 78596
Contact: Juan Anciso
Phone: (956) 968-5581
Fax: (956) 969-5639
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://aggiehorticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/varietytrials/

Texas Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 12847
Austin, TX 78711
Contact: Richard De Los Santos
Phone: (512) 463-7472
Fax: (888) 223-5733
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site: www.gotexan.org

Industry Suppliers

Other

Koppert Biological Systems
1502 Old US 23
Howell, MI 48843
Phone: (800) 928-8827
Fax: (810) 632-8770
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.abetterbee.com

Integro
2835 Budmckay Circle
Valdosta, GA 31602
Contact: Kendra Kennedy
[email protected]

Top Dog Brokerage LLC
5814 N. Expressway 281
Edinburg, Texas 78542
956-287-8822

Texas Farm Credit
555 South International BLVD
Weslaco, Texas 72596
Bruce Kroeker
956-447-5500
[email protected]

Stokes Law Office
Craig Stokes
3330 Oakwell Court
San Antonio, TX  78218

Viatrac Fertilizer LLC
PO Box 757 Yoakum, Texas 77995
Contact: Van Vanlandingham
[email protected]

 

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FACTOIDS

Texas Agriculture Matters! Texas watermelons contribute almost $90 million annually to our state’s economy. Grown on farms stretching from the Rio Grande Valley up to the High Plains and from East Texas to the Trans-Pecos, watermelons nourish Texans and the Texas economy – enabling our producers and state to continue to be recognized leaders in the global marketplace.

– Sid Miller, Agriculture Commissioner

The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.

Over 1,200 varieties of watermelons are grown worldwide in 96 countries.

Watermelons are 92% water.

Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.

Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.

In 1990, Bill Carson of Arrington, TN grew the largest watermelon at 262 pounds that is still on the record books (1998 ed. Guinness Book of World Records).

TEXAS IS ONE OF THE TOP FOUR WATERMELON PRODUCERS IN THE COUNTRY, GROWING 15% OF THE TOTAL DOMESTIC CROP. LAST YEAR, TEXAS PRODUCED OVER 600 MILLION LBS OF WATERMELON.