The 2021 forecasting season began on March 17 including the first report of CDM reported in Collier County, Florida on March 1, 2021.
A Florida watermelon producer discusses adverse weather conditions that can increase the crop’s susceptibility to disease.
Cornell squash breeder and CucCAP Squash Team leader, Michael Mazarouek discusses the history of breeding winter squash.
CucCAP crop and disease management specialists presented cucurbit crop and disease management strategies at winter meetings in several regions of the country.
USDA-ARS plant pathologist, Bill Wintermantel, collaborated with Mississippi State University Extension to publish information about cucurbit viruses including a video presentation, a factsheet and articles for cucurbit producers.
Plant pathologists from the CucCAP disease management team published two articles focusing on CDM: “Population Analyses Reveal Two Host-Adapted Clades of Pseudoperonospora cubensis, the Causal Agent of Cucurbit Downy Mildew, on Commercial and Wild Cucurbits” & “Diagnostic Guide for Cucurbit Downy Mildew”
“We saw quite a bit of gummy stem blight on watermelons. We also saw downy (mildew) and anthracnose on things like cucumbers as well as pumpkins.”
Dr. Keinath published an article of interest to cucurbit researchers focusing on Pythium and cucurbits: Characterization of Pythium Species Collected from a Multiple Time-Point Sampling of Cucurbits in South Carolina