Colletotrichum spp., which causes anthracnose is an emerging threat to watermelon and cucumber production in the east coast. UGA leads effort to tackle emerging threat to watermelons.
It is never too early for watermelon producers in the Southeast to start thinking about management options for gummy stem blight disease. As Clemson Extension vegetable pathologist Tony Keinath puts it, “Early is on time.”
Outbreaks of Anthracnose in watermelon and cucumber have occurred in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and New York recently. University of Georgia Plant Pathologists discuss management of Anthracnose in Cucuribts.