South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline | April 8, 2024

Central Florida: Reports are indicating an increase in whitefly numbers.

SW Florida: Based on scouting reports, whitefly population levels are varying across the area. With increasing whitefly numbers, squash vein yellowing virus (SqvYV) severity is also increasing across this region.

Homestead: IFAS entomologists are seeing silverleaf whitefly from moderate to high levels in squash. SW Florida: UF/IFAS plant pathologists received samples that tested positive for squash vein yellowing virus (SqVYV), cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus (CYSDV), and papaya ringspot virus (PRSV). Scouting reports indicate that virus infestation levels vary from low to moderate and are increasing. Scouts are seeing CYSDV as well and leaf crumple virus (CuLCrV) in watermelon and squash. There are also observations of vine decline, mosaic virus and SqVYV in watermelon.

Homestead: Melon thrips (Thrips palmi) are being found at moderate levels in squash. Low levels of Asian bean thrips in squash are being found.

Powdery mildew of cucurbits (Podosphaera xanthii) is increasing in squash from previously reported moderate levels.

East Coast: Powdery mildew is low to moderate in cucumber.

Central Florida: Cucurbit downy mildew (Pseudoperonospora cubensis) is at low levels and increasing.

SW Florida: Downy mildew is being identified in lab samples submitted to UF/IFAS diagnostic lab and during scouting in cucumber fields.

East Coast: Downy mildew is low in some areas, but has moved up to high levels in a couple locations.

SW Florida: Phytophthora blight has been seen across several crops and is increasing in the wetter fields. Phytophthora blight is at low levels in watermelon and squash.

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