Growers can learn about research on pest control for specialty crops at the upcoming Florida Ag Expo: View the agenda here. We’re looking at ways to try to minimize the development of fungicide resistance as well as ways to try to make programs more cost-effective.
Fusarium Wilt has a host range limited to watermelon. However, there are different types of this pathogen that can infect squash, cucumbers and other melons, but these types do not infect watermelon and vice versa. This is one reason why grafting with squash or other cucurbit rootstocks can nearly eliminate Fusarium Wilt. Continue Reading
The Cucurbit downy mildew forecast is provided by the North Carolina State University departments of Plant Pathology & Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. The website provides a map of recent outbreaks and lists outbreaks. Outbreaks for May & June 2019 are listed. 17 June: New report from GA. CDM has been confirmed in Ben Hill […]
The 2018 Florida watermelon season posed challenges for most growers that resulted in lower yeilds and higher fruit prices. High prices were necessary for farmers to be profitable this year due to the challenges that they had early in the season with freeze events, the need to replant, and some unusually rainy periods during the […]
Phytophthora, fusarium wilt, anthracnose, downy mildew and gummy stem blight are the biggest issues that Nicholas Dufault, University of Florida associate professor and Extension plant pathologist, has seen. These are the most common diseases in Florida-grown watermelons. Read the article from Vegetable Grower’s News.
Fusarium wilt has been a problem in watermelon for several years. A new race of the disease makes it even more of a struggle to deal with. Nicholas Dufault, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida (UF), says race three fusarium wilt was recently found in the […]
Cucurbit Downy Mildew was reported throughout the southeast and in the mid-Atlantic states in June 2018. The majority of DM reports were on cucumbers with 12 instances in all counties reporting. Three instances of DM on squash were reported, 2 in melon fields, 4 in squash fields and 1 instance in a watermelon field. June […]
May 30: First report from NC. CDM has been confirmed on cucumber in a 10 acre field in Sampson County, NC. Incidence is 10%, severity is 5%. Estimated date of first symptoms is May 29 May 25: First report from GA. CDM has been confirmed on cucumber in a 20 acre field in Brooks County, GA. Incidence is 5%, severity is 10%. Estimated […]