Five years ago, there was no solid foundation for managing fusarium wilt in watermelons. Now, researchers have identified several techniques watermelon growers can use to help combat the disease. Continue Reading
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. This article from University of Florida Extension Plant Pathology was published in the October 2018 edition of Vegetable and Specialty crop news. To view this page in the […]
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 […]
A lot of watermelon growers have had to deal with hollow heart this season. It’s not known for certain what causes hollow heart, but research is pointing toward pollination deficiency. Hollow heart is a separation of the cells in the flesh of the fruit, which causes a fissure to form. A fissure can form from […]
Vegetable and Specialty Crop News published an article about disease management in their August 2018 digital edition. “Both summer and winter squash can be plagued by many pests and diseases.” Read the article from University of Georgia Extension Plant Pathology.
Researchers are studying the effects of grafting in watermelon crops to manage a pathogen continuing to cause problems for many Florida growers. Read More
For squash, one of the main issues for growers is a pathogen called Phytophthora capsici that causes crown, root and fruit rot. Meru says that the disease is particularly severe in South Florida areas, such as Miami-Dade County, where hot, humid and rainy weather conditions lead to rapid establishment of the pathogen. Watermelon growers are concerned about […]
Source: Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon It is possible for the Fusarium wilt to spread throughout the transplants and continue to spread as the plant grows. However, while it can spread within the transplants, it will not spread from plant to plant in the field.