With the heavy rains during the 2018 watermelon season, Georgia growers in the Colquitt County area have seen an increase in gummy stem blight in their melons. Read more about the number one problem for Georgia watermelon growers this year.
University of Georgia scientists are assisting in a study to find a cantaloupe variety with less netting on the rind in the hopes that the fruit will be less susceptible to the bacteria or pathogens that settle in the netting on the outside of the fruit. Read more about this USDA funded research on cantaloupes.
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 […]
Whiteflies cause feeding injury issues in vegetables and transmit two new viruses: cucurbit leaf crumple virus and cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus. Vegetables like squash, zucchini, cucumber, cantaloupe and snap beans are highly susceptible to these viruses. Commercial cultivars that have resistance or tolerance to these pathogens are not available. According to the UGA crop […]
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 […]
University of Georgia (UGA) plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta issued an alert last week to all Georgia vegetable farmers announcing that downy mildew was discovered in northern Florida. The pathogen that causes downy mildew can’t survive a hard frost, so it overwinters in frost-free regions like southern Florida. During May and early June, wind currents blow […]
Seed Corn Maggots In Melons Podcast, Watermelon Growers Work to Produce Sweet Crop with Good Texture, Preventing Fusarium Wilt In Watermelons, and Melon Production focus of USDA Study.