On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with the associate director of the Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences at University of Puerto Rico to talk about food security and how an organization called the CucCAP is helping. Read More Listen to the podcast here
Central Michigan vegetable update Squash and pumpkin harvest is underway. Powdery mildew is widely present and hastened the decline of leaf canopies and vines late in the season. Read More
Growers on the west side of Michigan should consider fungicide sprays for cucumbers and melons (watermelons, cantaloupe, muskmelon) now that downy mildew has been verified in Berrien County on July 24, 2018. Read this article from MSU Extension about the downy mildew outbreak.
As we near the beginning of July, it’s important to note this is typically the time of year we expect to find the first downy mildew symptoms on cucumber. Read more about this destructive disease on cucurbits.
The soil borne bacteria, Phytophthora capsici, spreads rapidly via water and can infect cucumbers, zucchini, summer and winter squash, watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkins, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and succulent beans. Read more about the destructive bacteria Phytophthora capsici.
Leaves infected with cucurbit anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum orbiculare, were submitted to the NCSU Vegetable Pathology Lab and confirmed as positive. Anthracnose can be confused with other foliar cucurbit diseases, such as cucurbit downy mildew, but chemical control is drastically different for different cucurbit diseases. Read more for information on identification and control of cucurbit anthracnose.
As the flooding recedes in western North Carolina, many growers are now reporting losses due to Phytophthora diseases on various vegetable crops including pepper, tomato, cucumber, and other cucurbits. Many vegetable fields were reported as flooded, and several were under water for some period of time. These conditions (flooding, standing water, and high amounts of […]
Dr. Anthony Keinath, Vegetable Pathologist at Clemson University in South Carolina, has found powdery mildew in watermelons and issued an alert. Because the pathogen is airborne, we expect that inoculum may also be present in North Carolina. Read the post on the NC State Extension Cucurbits site.