Crop updates from SC Grower, MSU Extension, Vegetable and Specialty Crop news, and Florida Extension.
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.
Florida Extension agents have reported insect activity in North Florida watermelon fields.
Downy mildew and powdery mildew on melons can spread from older, diseased plants to surrounding fields where plants are still maturing.
Transplanting has been underway across the state. Some early melons under vented plastic tunnels were exhibiting some interesting symptoms that are unfortunately hard to diagnose. Producing crops at the fringes of the season means that they experience things that they normally wouldn’t. What I see in these plants is freeze damage, but other freeze-sensitive crops in nearby tunnels were not affected. So, heat stress is a potential factor here as well.
Transplanting of warm-season vegetables is set to ramp up at the end of this week in some areas, and direct-seeding continues. Cucumber, melon and squash transplants were between cotyledon and four true leaves in 50- and 72-cell transplant trays this week in Bay County, Michigan.