Downy mildew and powdery mildew on melons can spread from older, diseased plants to surrounding fields where plants are still maturing.
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.
The 2018 Florida watermelon season posed challenges for most growers that resulted in lower yeilds and higher fruit prices.
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 […]