SC Grower Weekly Report | May 15, 2023

Cucurbit Virus factsheets published on EVCWG website

CucCAP Integrated Disease Management Team member, Tony Keinath is the Extension Vegetable Pathologist at Clemson University in South Carolina. Dr. Keinath is on the steering committee of the Emerging Viruses in Cucurbits Working Group (EVCWG), a national effort to improve detection and management of virus diseases on all cucurbits.  The EVCWG has been  developing educational resources on known and emerging viruses and virus vectors in cucurbits. These educational resources include a website, as well as fact sheets, postcards, and webcasts, all of which are freely accessible from the EVCWG website. In this edition of the South Carolina Grower, Dr. Keinath shared a link to a survey on the website. Keinath along with CucCAP vegetable breeder, Dr. Kai Ling of the USDA in Charleston, wrote the fact sheet on Cucurbit leaf crumple virus (CuLCrV).  Several of these viruses and vectors are problems in the southeastern U.S.

Cucurbit Crop Reports from Cooperative Extension Agents

  • In the Coastal region, squash, and cukes continue to be harvested in heavy volumes.
  • In the Midlands, squash are fairing well with a few squash bugs here and there. The biggest problem so far has been wind damage and breakage.
  • In the Pee Dee region, Summer crops (peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, squash, sweet corn, etc.) are growing well and are still being planted heavily.

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