Biological Control of Sweetpotato Whiteflies With Predatory Mites in Squash

Ashley Robinson Cucurbits, Pests, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Lorena Lopez and Oscar E. Liburd The sweetpotato whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) is one of the most problematic pests in vegetable production in the world and it is a key pest in squash. Most significant damage caused by this pest is due to the transmission of viral diseases and its ability to rapidly develop resistance to pesticides. Sweetpotato whiteflies can …

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Fresh Produce Association of Americas: Mexico Cannot Be Blamed

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

Not everyone believes there is a problem with Mexican imports and their impact on the domestic industry. In fact, Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of Americas, believes “Mexico cannot be blamed” for many of the issues Southeast farmers are trying to overcome. “In reality, many of the problems facing the Southeast growers – labor, hurricanes, real estate …

Resistant Varieties Key Against Anthracnose

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cucurbits, Disease, Top Posts

It is never too early to start thinking about cucurbit disease management in Alabama. In the case of anthracnose, producers who are planting their crops are best served by utilizing resistant varieties, according to Ed Sikora, professor and Extension plant pathologist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University. “I was just looking through the Southeast Handbook …

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 …