According to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline, up to eight whitefly adults have been observed on melons in the Immokalee, Florida area. Scouts report between 15% to 60% of plants having one or multiple adults.
“A spray interval of five days is recommended when weather is favorable for disease. This shorter interval should not be an issue if the recommended fungicides are used in alternation.”
Crop updates from SC Grower, MSU Extension, Vegetable and Specialty Crop news, and Florida Extension.
“Saturated soils can promote damping off, seedling blight and root rot in transplanted vegetables, especially in low lying areas of the field,”
CucCAP vegetable pathologist, Dr. Tony Keinath discusses fungicide stewardship.
The recent overcast, humid, and wet conditions ensure that the sporangia will survive being transported via air currents from a diseased field to healthy cucumbers.
Watermelon harvests are nearing an end in North Florida. It’s time to take stock of how production went this season as 80% to 90% of the region’s crop has been harvested.
The dates for the 2021 EXPO are set for Dec. 7-9, 2021.