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.
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.
Vegetable disease specialists from the University of Georgia discuss viruses affecting watermelon, squash and cucumbers including cucurbit leaf crumple virus, cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, and squash vein yellowing virus.
Downy mildew and powdery mildew on melons can spread from older, diseased plants to surrounding fields where plants are still maturing.
First cucurbit downy mildew spores identified in air samples in Allegan County
by: Mary Hausbeck, Annika Peterson and Doug Higgins
Clemson Extension agents provide weekly updates for each region of South Carolina.
University of Florida/IFAS Extension agents in the Suwanee Valley area are confident downy mildew disease is in the region’s watermelon crop. Producers need to spray for this disease, also known as “wildfire.”
May 19: First reports from SC; new report from GA. CDM has been confirmed on cucumber in Bamburg and Barnwell Counties, SC; and Cook County, GA.
April 23: New report from FL. CDM has been confirmed on cantaloupe, watermelon, butternut squash, and cucumber in Hillsborough County, FL.
April 21: First report from GA; new report from FL. CDM has been confirmed on cucumber in Colquitt County, GA; and on yellow squash in Miami-Dade County, FL.