Whitefly Numbers Increasing in Florida Vegetables

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Florida, Pests, Top Posts

According to today’s release of the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline, whitefly numbers are increasing in some older tomato fields across the southwest Florida region. As many as 5 to 10 whiteflies per leaflet have been detected. Whiteflies are also present in high numbers in cucumbers, squash and eggplant. They are beginning to show up in some young tomato …

Beware of Fungicide Resistance When Managing Downy Mildew Disease

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Florida, Top Posts

Fungicide resistance remains a concern for Florida vegetable farmers trying to manage downy mildew disease. Scientists like Gary Vallad, a Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, implore producers not to be too reliant on one specific fungicide. It can lead to resistance issues. “Orondis is one that is kind of the …

Congressional Support Helps Lead to Potential Investigations of Imports of Cucumbers, Squash

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Georgia, Top Posts

Congressional support of Georgia’s vegetable and specialty crop sector has helped lead to potential investigative action regarding imports of cucumbers and squash. Letters from both Georgia U.S. Senators; David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler; as well from four Georgia Congressmen; Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02), Austin Scott (R-GA-08), Buddy Carter (R-GA-01) and Rick Allen (R-GA-12), were sent to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert …

USTR Calls for Investigation of Imported Squash, Cucumbers

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Top Posts

On Friday, December 4, 2020, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued a letter to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting investigations into the import of cucumbers and squash and the effect on the domestic seasonal markets.  The request is to investigate the monthly price trends, including an analysis and comparison of the prices of domestically produced products …

UGA Vegetable Entomologist: Potential Explosion of Whiteflies This Fall Never Occurred

Clint Thompson Cole Crop, Cucurbits, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts

Whiteflies were projected to have a widespread, devastating impact on fall vegetable crops in Georgia. But according to University of Georgia vegetable entomologist Stormy Sparks, that never happened. “We were setting up for an explosion of whiteflies in the fall and it never really occurred,” Sparks said. “I’m pleasantly surprised it wasn’t a lot worse than it was. In the …

Georgia Congressmen Request Section 332 Investigation on Squash and Cucumbers

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Georgia, Top Posts

Congressmen Austin Scott, Sanford Bishop, Rick Allen and Buddy Carter continue to fight for Georgia produce farmers and against unfair trade practices with Mexico. In a letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the congressmen requested that the current Section 332 investigation for strawberries and bell pepper be broadened to include the impact seasonal cucumber and squash imports has …

Senstar Insecticide a Viable Option for Southeast Vegetable Growers

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Valent U.S.A. continues to tout Senstar Insecticide as another effective tool in the toolbox for vegetable growers trying to manage whiteflies. It offers fast and long-lasting control of soft-bodied insects of vegetable and citrus crops. These pests include whiteflies, aphids, thrips and pysillids. Whiteflies were widespread this year and led to the worst outbreak for Southeast growers since 2017. They …

Breeding Better Cucurbits

Ashley Robinson Alabama, Cucurbits, Florida, Georgia, pumpkin, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Watermelon

By Cecilia McGregor and George Boyhan Cucurbit crops are some of the most widely grown vegetable crops in the Southeast. However, the hot and humid climate is conducive to pest and disease development, which presents a challenge to growers. Cucurbit breeding at the University of Georgia (UGA) is focused on breeding pumpkin, watermelon and squash with excellent fruit quality and …