A Florida watermelon producer discusses adverse weather conditions that can increase the crop’s susceptibility to disease.
Growers and scouts in Southwest Florida report that whitefly pressure has declined with recent rains.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of nine members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board this week. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2023.
The cooler weather and lots of rain have brought out the diseases.
Certain diseases become a factor if pumpkins are growing in fields with increased moisture.
Southeast growers can produce a spring and fall crop thanks to an environment that’s conducive to growing crops year-round. However, that makes certain cucurbits like squash especially vulnerable to whitefly pressure.
Whiteflies Flaring Up in Florida Vegetables “According to the South Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease Hotline, whiteflies are flaring up in tomatoes and watermelons in Southwest Florida.” Read More UGA Vegetable Entomologist More Optimistic About Whiteflies Following Rain, Cooler Temperatures “Whiteflies cause feeding injury issues in vegetables and transmit two viruses: cucurbit leaf crumple virus […]
The Plant Management Network (PMN) has been redesigned and is now an online resource called, The Grow: Plant Health Exchange. This is an outreach service of The American Phytopathological Society. Whitefly-Transmitted Yellowing Viruses of Cucurbit Crops William M. Wintermantel, USDA-ARS, August 2020 Cucurbit Grafting How and Why Chieri Kubota and Anthony Keinath, June 2020 Disease […]