The recent overcast, humid, and wet conditions ensure that the sporangia will survive being transported via air currents from a diseased field to healthy cucumbers.
Watermelon harvests are nearing an end in North Florida. It’s time to take stock of how production went this season as 80% to 90% of the region’s crop has been harvested.
The dates for the 2021 EXPO are set for Dec. 7-9, 2021.
Recent Updates: June 16: First reports from NC and MS. CDM has been confirmed on cucumber in Lenoir County, NC; and on cucumber and cantaloupe in Kemper County, MS.
CucCAP cientists Amnon Levi, Linda Wessel Beaver and Todd Wehner are members of the CGC Coordinating Committee. They collaborated with the Cucurbit research community to publish this report.
Florida Extension agents have reported insect activity in North Florida watermelon fields.
Pseudoperonospora cubensis, the causal agent of cucurbit downy mildew (CDM), was confirmed on cucumbers in Lenoir county on June 15. The sample was part of the CDM sentinel plots yearly deployed by the NC State Vegetable Pathology Lab.
South Georgia is on the brink of starting its watermelon harvest season. If farmers hope to capitalize with multiple harvests, they may need to apply chemical applications to protect against sunburn, which has been one of the few concerns during the production season.