Gummy stem blight (GSB), also known as black rot, is a common issue for watermelon producers in the Southeast. Didymella bryoniae, the fungus that causes GSB, favors warm and humid weather, leaving the Southeast growing region susceptible to the disease’s devastating effects. If not managed well, it can cause significant yield loss for growers. Currently labeled […]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it is seeking nominations of qualified watermelon producers and handlers for four seats on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Secretary Sonny Perdue will appoint individuals to serve terms of office that will begin Jan.1, 2021, and end Dec. 31, 2023. This was reported on the USDA […]
The Michigan State University Vegetable Pathology Lab teams up with Michigan State Extension to publish vegetable updates throughout the growing season. View the July 31 update here. Southeast Michigan vegetable update In pumpkins and winter squash, downy mildew has been found on hard squash in Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Downy mildew is a complex disease with […]
West central Michigan vegetable update Cucurbit downy mildew has not been reported in Michigan yet or in the Midwest, but spores were captured back in June. After that initial capture in Allegan County on June 28, no spores were captured through July 15. Powdery mildew was present at one hoophouse I visited, and pumpkin and squash […]
East Michigan vegetable update – June 12, 2019 Pickling cucumber planting delays continue. Some growers were setting aside their last sweet corn plantings to get pumpkins in last week. These narrow windows of opportunity are forcing these types of decisions. Continue Reading Southwest Michigan vegetable update – June 12, 2019 Cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini […]
Farmers benefit from the development of new varieties.The new tools that help plant breeders create better plants are truly amazing. Variety improvement allows farmers to meet the latest pests, pathogens, weather stresses and consumer demands. Read the article from VSCNews.
Consumer preferences are always changing with the new melon varieties available in stores today. Continue reading this article from VSCNews.
From year to year, the amount of pumpkin acres that U.S. farmers harvest changes up to 25 percent in top States, but averages since 2012 have been fairly stable to slightly declining. In 2017, farmers in the top 16 pumpkin-producing States harvested 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins, implying about 2 billion pounds harvested altogether in […]