Extension and Outreach

people looking at a field of squash

Extension Field Day. Image provided by J. Schultheis.

Extension and Outreach Objectives

  • Provide readily accessible information to facilitate disease control
  • Develop a centralized cucurbit disease website
  • Develop and post diagnostic resources and disease control information in English and Spanish; prepare diagnostic poster
  • Provide disease alerts and forecasting tools
  • Provide diagnostic and disease management assistance.
  • Conduct Field days and demonstration plots.

Extension Team

Publications

  • Hausbeck, M.K.  2016.  Downy mildew spends a decade damaging cucumbers.  Vegetable Grower News 50(5):16-17.
  • Natwick, E.T., M.I. Lopez, W.M. Wintermantel, J.D. McCreight, O. Batuman, and R.G. Gilbertson. Watermelon whitefly insecticide efficacy trial, 2015. Arthropod Management Tests. March 2016 (submitted)

Fact Sheets




Presentations

  • Harlan, B., and M.K. Hausbeck. Vegetable diseases and control strategies. Michigan Agribusiness Association Meeting, Lansing, MI, 60 attendees, Jan. 11, 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M.K.,  A smorgasbord of vegetable diseases is on today’s menu. MSU Extension and AgBioResearch State Council Meeting, Lansing, MI, 30 attendees, Mar. 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M.K., Managing Phytophthora crown and fruit rot in cucurbit crops. Vegetable Growers’ Meeting, East Aurora, NY, 40 attendees, Feb. 15, 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M.K., Managing Phytophthora crown and fruit rot in cucurbit crops. Syngenta Meeting, East Lansing, MI, 75 attendees, Feb. 9, 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M.K., Managing Phytophthora crown and fruit rot in cucurbit crops. Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 40 attendees. Jan. 23, 2017.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L. M., Cucurbit disease management, Commercial vegetable grower symposium, Henderson, NC, Feb. 2017.
  • Smart, C.D. Vegetable Diseases (for beginning growers), 1.5 hour webinar, March 15, 2017.

  • Adams, M.L. and L.M.Quesada-Ocampo. Managing fungal diseases in cucurbits. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, SC, Mar. 2016.
  • Chacko, N., J.B. Mou, and M.D. Coffey. Powdery mildew race variation in California. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2016.
  • Grumet, R. Introduction to CucCAP: Leveraging applied genomics to increase disease resistance in cucurbit crops. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2016.
  • Hausbeck, M.K., Soilborne Phytophthora capsici on vine crops: Update and implications, Extension Specialist Breakfast Meeting via Zoom video conference, East Lansing, 15 attendees, Jun. 16, 2016.
  • Hausbeck, M.K., Phytophthora capsici: Pathogen biology. Phytophthora capsici Session, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI,  25 attendees. Dec. 2016.
  • Hausbeck, M.K., The downy mildew report,  Syngenta Meeting, Lansing, MI, 120 attendees. Feb. 2016.
  • Krasnow, C.S., and M.K. Hausbeck. Phytophthora capsici: Fungicide programs and crop resistance, Phytophthora capsici Session, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, 55 attendees. Dec. 2016.
  • Krasnow, C.S., and M.K. Hausbeck.  Phytophthora capsici: Pathogen biology and management strategies. Pages 2-5 in: Phytophthora capsici Session Summaries, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI, Dec. 2016.
  • Krasnow, C.S., and M.K. Hausbeck.  Orondis: a new tool for controlling Phytophthora blight on pepper and squash. Syngenta Meeting, Lansing, MI, 75 attendees. Feb. 2016.
  • Krasnow, C.S., and M. Hausbeck. Rots and blights of vegetables. Bay Area Growers Extension Meeting, Bay City, MI, 40 attendees. Jan. 2016.
  • Meadows, I., C. Mauney, and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. Agent training on disease diagnostics and management in vegetable crops. Extension Conference. Raleigh, NC, Nov. 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Downy mildew updates for cucurbits. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Savannah, GA, Jan. 9, 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Disease identification on vegetables. Certified Crop Advisor Training, Smithfield, NC, Dec. 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Fungicides and host resistance for cucurbit downy mildew management. 31st Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC, Dec. 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Disease update. Western NY Vegetable Growers meeting. Lockport, NC, Mar.  2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Managing cucurbit diseases. Empire State Producers Expo, Syracuse, NY, Jan. 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Understanding and controlling diseases of cucurbits. Crop Consultant Meeting, Syracuse NY, December 1, 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Why is the Phytopthora blight from important? New York State Ag Experiment Station Task Force, October 10, 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Field walk and discussion of diseases of cucurbits and other crops. Western NY Field Days. Portland, NY, Aug 31, 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Vegetable disease management (1.5 hour discussion with growers and educators). Willsboro, NY, Aug 4, 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Vegetable disease management (1.5 hour discussion with growers and educators). Canton, NY, Aug 3, 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. How the NY Farm Bureau helped established the Phytophthora blight farm. Midwest Farm Bureau visit to NYSAES, June 24, 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. and H. Lange. Vine Crop Update 2015. Proceedings of the 2016 Empire State Producers Expo, Syracuse, NY,  Jan. 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Managing cucurbit downy mildew in organic systems in the northeast. 1.5 hour webinar with 135 participants. December 6, 2016.
  • Smart, C.D. Vegetable Diseases (for beginning growers), 1 hour webinar, March 16, 2016.
  • Krasnow, C.S. and M.K. Hausbeck.  Progress in cucumber downy mildew control.  Southwest Horticulture Days, Benton Harbor, MI, 35 attendees. Feb. 2016.
  • Kousik, C.S.  Progress and challenges in managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. Indiana Horticultural Congress, Indianapolis, IN, 45 attendees, January. 2016.
  • Kousik, C.S. Managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. Georgia Watermelon Association, St. Simmons, GA, Over 100 attendees, January. 2016.
  • Kousik, C.S. Breadth of resistance of USVL developed Phytophthora fruit rot resistant germplasm lines to Phytophthora capsici isolates from across USA. Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting, San Antonio, TX,   >50 attendees, Feb. 2016.
  • Kousik, C.S. Chaired and organized Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting, San Antonio, TX, >50 attendees, 26 talks, Feb. 2016.
  • Kousik, C.S. Progress and challenges in managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. U.S. Vegetable Laboratory Seminar. Charleston, SC, March 2016.
  • Mandal, M.K., C.S. Kousik, and B. Ward. Molecular dissection of resistance signaling in watermelon fruit through metabolomics and transriptomic approach. Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting, 50+ attendees, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 2016.
  • McCreight, J.D. and E.T. Natwick. Evaluation and breeding of new sources of host plant resistance to CYSDV and sweetpotato whitefly biotype B. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. Cucurbit downy mildew management, diagnostics, and pathogen populations. Pickle Packers International Spring Meeting. Raleigh, NC, Apr. 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. Downy mildew and Phytophthora control in cucurbits. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC, Mar. 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. Downy mildew updates for cucurbits. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Savannah, GA, Jan. 2016.
  • Schultheis, J.R. Grafted vs. nongrafted watermelon studies. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC, Mar. 2016.
  • Schultheis, J.R. and W.B. Thompson. 2015 North Carolina Watermelon cultivar yield and quality trial results. Watermelon Research Group, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 2016.
  • Schultheis, J.R. and W.B. Thompson. Watermelon yield and fruit size response to grafted versus non-grafted transplants in plasticulture and bare ground production systems. Watermelon Research Group, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 2016.
  • Smart, C. and H. Lange. Vine Crop Update 2015. Proceedings of the 2016 Empire State Producers Expo, Syracuse, NY, 2016.
  • Smart, C.  Disease update. Western NY Vegetable Growers meeting. Lockport, NC, Mar. 2016.
  • Smart, C. Managing cucurbit diseases. Empire State Producers Expo. Jan. 2016.

  • Adams, M.L. and L.M.Quesada-Ocampo. Managing fungal foliar diseases in cucurbits. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC, Dec. 2015.
  • Adams, M.L. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. Managing fungal foliar diseases in cucurbits. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC, Dec. 2015.
  • Smart, C.D. Disease problems common during the 2015 growing season. Twilight meeting, Eden Valley, NY.  2015.
  • Arteman, L., T.C. Wehner, and J.R. Schultheis. Evaluation of parthenocarpic pickling cucumbers for North Carolina production. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. Dec. 2015.
  • Bertucci, M., K. Jennings, D. Monks, D. Jordan, F. Louws, and J. Schultheis. Competitiveness of grafted watermelon plants versus nongrafted watermelon plants at various times of weedy and weed-free intervals. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. Dec. 2015.
  • Grumet, R. and M. Colle. Development of genetic stocks for cucumber fruit resistance to Phytophthora capsici. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, Dec. 2015.
  • Grumet, R. Introduction to CucCAP: Leveraging applied genomics to increase disease resistance in cucurbit crops. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, Dec. 2015.
  • Grumet, R. Update on resistance to Phytophthora capsici in cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, October 30, 2015.
  • Hausbeck, M.K. and A.Cook. The downy mildew report.  Pages 9-14 in: Pickling Cucumber Session Summaries, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI, Dec.  2015.
  • Hausbeck, M.K. The downy mildew report. Pickling Cucumber Session, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI, 144 attendees, Dec. 2015.
  • Hausbeck, M.K. Downy mildew research. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI, 30 attendees, Dec.  2015.
  • Hausbeck, M.K. Ten years of downy mildew in Michigan. Pickle Packers International Inc. Annual Meeting, Fort Worth TX, 30 attendees, Oct. 2015.
  • McCreight, J.D. Melon host plant resistance to powdery mildew and CYSDV. Fall Desert Crops workshop, sponsored by the University of California ANR Cooperative Extension, Imperial County, and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yuma County, El Centro, CA, Oct. 2015.
  • Miller, N.F. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. New control options for Fusarium wilt in watermelon. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, NC, Dec. 2015.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. Diagnostics and management of cucurbit downy mildew. Pickle Packers International Annual Meeting. Fort Worth, TX, Oct. 2015.
  • Schultheis, J.R. and S. Johnson. Grafted versus nongrafted watermelon studies using bare ground or plasticulture production methods. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. Dec. 2015.
  • Smart, C. Disease problems common during the 2015 growing season. Twilight meeting, Eden Valley, NY, 2015.
  • VandenLangenberg K. and T.C. Wehner. High resistance over the production season to the new downy mildew in cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, October 30, 2015.
  • Wallace E.C. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. Controlling downy mildew in cucumber. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC, Dec. 2015.
  • Weng, Y. QTL Mapping for downy mildew resistance in WI7120 cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, October 30, 2015.