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Stem Splitting in Watermelon, Squash and Other Cucurbit Crops The stem of an affected plant splits at or near the soil line. The length of the split can vary but generally only appears on one side of a stem. Stem splitting is not a disease but can lead to infections. Continue Reading Georgia Watermelon Season […]
Keeping the average daily temperature in check and minimizing excessive nitrogen and substrate moisture can all contribute to produce fully filled and developed cucumbers and maintain your crop productivity and produce quality. Continue Reading
Presence of Powdery Mildew a Concern for Southeast Vegetable Growers “Powdery mildew disease is present on older squash in various vegetable fields across South Florida. According to the South Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease Hotline, respondents report that the disease has also started to show up on watermelon crops across the region as well.” Continue […]
“Whiteflies cause feeding injury issues in vegetables and transmit two viruses: cucurbit leaf crumple virus and cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus. Vegetables like squash, zucchini, cucumber, cantaloupe and snap beans are highly susceptible to these viruses. Commercial cultivars that have resistance or tolerance to these pathogens are not available.”
The Cucurbit downy mildew forecast is hosted by the North Carolina State University departments of Plant Pathology & Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. The website provides a map of recent outbreaks and lists outbreaks. Visit the Cucurbit Downy Mildew Forecast Homepage 2020.05.13 cucurbit downy mildew forecast Epidemic Update – 8 May: New report from GA. […]
“The seed companies over the last dozen years have come up with a lot of improved varieties. In Alabama or in the Southeast in general, they tend to be challenging crops to grow because most of them don’t have a lot of disease resistance. But companies are spending a lot more effort developing varieties that […]
The April 2020 edition of Vegetable and Specialty Crop News discusses Phytophthora fruit rot and Downy mildew on page 12 followed by a quick review of Fusarium wilt on page 14. The watermelon spotlight returns this month as growers are gearing up for harvest. Topics include the impact of wildflowers on watermelon pollinators as well […]