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 …

Fall Vegetable Crops Susceptible to Whiteflies

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cucurbits, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts

Unless more rain in the upcoming weeks can knock back populations, whiteflies are a huge concern for fall vegetable growers, according to Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension vegetable entomologist. “Right now, it’s looking pretty bad. It could be devastating. The populations are really high, and we’re just now getting started,” Sparks said. “I’ve got squash where the adult …

Howler Fungicide Provides Vegetable Growers with Multiple Modes of Action

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Cucurbits, Florida, Georgia, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Howler fungicide from AgBiome Innovations is a product that harnesses the power of the plant microbiome to create a fungicide with multiple modes of action. It provides preventive, long-lasting activity on a broad spectrum of soilborne and foliar diseases and does the job for a number of specialty crops. For Florida and South Georgia growers specifically, it’s great for strawberries, …