North Carolina Melon, Pumpkin and Watermelon Evaluations

N.C. State Professor and Extension Horticultural Science Vegetable Specialist, Jonathan Schultheis, and Research Technician, Stuart Michel, conduct annual cultigen evaluations on cucurbits including pumpkins, watermelons, melons, and squash. The 2021 Eastern North Carolina Pumpkin Cultigen Evaluation Study was conducted at A. J. Smith and Sons Farm in Edenton, NC. with the assistance of Area Specialized Agent, […]

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South Florida pest and disease hotline 11-1-22

In Central Florida, whiteflies are reported to be at low to moderate levels in squash and cucumbers. In South West Florida ther is moderate whitefly pressure on melons. In Homestead, reports indicate increasing silverleaf feeding damage symptoms in squash.

Cucurbit leaf crumple virus (CuLCrV) and Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus (CYSDV) were reported in squash and watermelon in Southwest Florida. Watermelon crinkle leaf-associated virus 1 was also found in melons in the area.

In Central Florida melonworms were reported in cucumbers and squash.
In Southwest Florida, armyworms are present at low levels in melons. Melonworm populations are reported to be increasing.
In Homestead, melonworms are increasing on squash and cucumbers

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