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Edgar L. Vinson III, Floyd M. Woods, Joseph M. Kemble, Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Angela Davis and J. Raymond Kessler

predictor, of fruit maturity ( Kano et al., 2008 ; Young et al., 1993 ). A number of subjective systems have been used by growers, including ground spot yellowness, senescent tendril next to the fruit pedicel, change in fruit wax (loss of shine), and

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Matthew B. Bertucci, Katherine M. Jennings, David W. Monks, Jonathan R. Schultheis, Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Frank J. Louws and David L. Jordan

. Ripeness was more difficult to identify with ‘Extazy’, so harvest was initiated 10 d later in 2016 (82 d after transplanting), and fruit were scouted for an additional senescent tendril proximal to the crown from the fruit ( Vinson et al., 2010 ). Fruit of

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physiological changes in ‘Valdoria’ and ‘Vanessa’ personal-sized watermelons such as number of proximally located senescent tendrils, fruit weight, fruit circumference, and groundspot color change were observed to determine their efficacy in signaling adequate

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, circumference, number of proximal senescent tendrils, and hunter a groundspot values were determined for each watermelon. Internal ripeness indicators, percent soluble solids, pH, sugar : acid ratio, and lycopene were also measured for each melon. Using the