Cucurbit Crop & Disease Management News | May 31, 2022

Downy Mildew Disease in South Carolina

 May 27, 2022

Cucurbit downy mildew disease was identified this week in South Carolina, according to the The South Carolina Grower. The disease was observed in a cucumber field in Bamberg County.

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Downy Mildew in North Florida Watermelons

 May 25, 2022

What was inevitable has now become reality for North Florida watermelon producers – downy mildew disease in this year’s crop.

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Michigan vegetable crop report

May 24, 2022

Squash and slicing cucumbers were being seeded and transplanted this week in SW Michigan. Squash sowing was on tap in West Central. Pumpkins, hard squash, melons and watermelons are on the docket.

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Clemson Extension Agents Provide Updates

May 24, 2022

Clemson Cooperative Extension agents in the Coastal Region reported on weather conditions and their effect on pests and diseases in cucurbits:

“Given the increased chances of rainfall, we are increasing protection against gummy stem blight.”

“Cucurbit downy mildew is active in South Georgia, so any cucumber growers should be prepared to apply fungicides.”

“The good news about it being so dry is that diseases have been kept at bay this spring. However, I am seeing a good bit of powdery mildew on squash and zucchini.”

Squash and zucchini are being harvested in the Midlands.

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