Monday, September 27, 2010
Crop circles - On my Watermelon?
Anyway, this is what we found on a couple of the melons we brought in. Perfect target circles.
The only information I could find was from the Extension at Purdue:
"Target Cluster (watermelon)
This disorder is marked by very striking target-like patterns that occur on the watermelon rind surface. The target spots appear in distinct clusters and can be as large as 1 inch in diameter (Figure 81). The target rings have a corky texture and are slightly raised (1/16 inch) from the fruit surface. No decay was associated with symptomatic fruit. Several attempts at identifying pathogenic bacteria or viruses were not successful. Fruit with the target cluster apparently occur very infrequently. Incidence and distribution in affected fields suggest that it was not responsible for any economic consequences.
While I'm at it, I picked one of the few purple carrots that actually grew this year.