What to Do About Watermelon Gummy Stem Blight and Fusarium Wilt | VSCNews

Gummy stem blight (GSB) and fusarium wilt (FW) can be common problems for watermelon producers in the Southeast. These two diseases are caused by fungal pathogens from the same taxonomic subphylum, but that is where the similarities end. GSB tends to be more of a foliar pathogen that can move to the petioles and vines, and in extreme cases, the melons. FW is confined to the soil and only affects the plant’s vascular tissue. Because of these differences, the management of these pathogens tends to vary.

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Results of the 2018 Watermelon Triploid Standard and Mini Watermelon Cultigen Evaluation Studies | NC State Extension

Watermelon standard size and mini watermelon cultigen evaluation studies were conducted at the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Clinton, NC in the summer of 2018. NC State Extension Horticultural Science Vegetable specialist Jonathan Schultheis and Research Associate Keith Starke conduct annual variety trials on watermelon and other cucurbit crops. The results of the watermelon evaluations were […]

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