University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences scientists do not recommend that Florida watermelon growers grow watermelons in the fall. This assessment is attributed to the multiple variables growers must overcome including weather, high disease pressure and whitefly infestations.
The October newsletter from the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline reports that whitefly infestations are widely present across central Florida. They are low to moderate in cucumber and squash. Populations are very low in watermelon.
Two new watermelon viruses discovered recently in Texas are now a concern of Florida producers. The crinkled leaf-associated virus 1 and 2 have been found in Collier, Desoto, Glades, Osceola, Charlotte and Seminole counties. They just add to a long list of disease and virus challenges that farmers must overcome in the Southeast.
On August 3, 2021, the Plant Health 2021 Idea Café hosted a discussion titled,“Emerging Viruses in Cucurbits”. We invite you to join us in a follow-up meeting on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 10 am to 12 pm Central Time to expand on the discussion initiated during Plant Health 2021. This meeting is open to […]
A brief overview of emerging viruses in cucurbits with input from breeders, entomologists, and producers on how the cucurbit industry can work together to reduce the introduction and spread of viruses and to limit the impact of these viruses in areas where they are present.
Vegetable disease specialists from the University of Georgia discuss viruses affecting watermelon, squash and cucumbers including cucurbit leaf crumple virus, cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, and squash vein yellowing virus.
This webcast describes differences in symptoms caused by the whitefly-transmitted viruses known to infect U.S. cucurbit crops and discusses the importance of early virus identification, insect control, and management of weed and alternate crop host plants, as well as the potential for use of resistant varieties.
The Vegetable and Specialty Crop News June 2019 edition features two articles about disease problems of interest to cucurbit growers.