No Rain, Minimal Disease Pressure for Vegetable Growers

Jim Rogers Disease

By Clint Thompson The lack of rainfall in recent weeks means increased irrigation usage for Georgia’s specialty crop producers. It has also meant reduced disease pressure, which is normally prevalent this time of year. Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discusses the current scenario facing vegetable production. “Thus far, as …

Strategies for Strawberry Disease Management

Jim Rogers Disease, Strawberry

By Jeff Cook, Garrett Hibbs and Phillip Brannen The key to a successful strawberry season is protecting the plants and developing fruit from insects and diseases. Other than spider mites, fungal diseases pose the biggest threat in the form of production losses. Using multiple disease control strategies helps reduce damage and is important in disease resistance management. FIRST STEPS AND …

Transitioning Tips for Summer to Fall Vegetable Crops

Jim Rogers Disease, Organic, Pests

By Ayanava Majumdar, Chip East and Eric Schavey The southeastern United States is the hotbed of insect and disease issues in vegetable crops. Growers constantly have to deal with not only established pest and weed issues, but also the invasive ones. Organic farming of vegetables is a challenge for producers everywhere in the United States, and the battle against insect …

Citrus Greening and Canker Concerns for Georgia Growers

Jim Rogers Disease, Georgia

The recent Citrus Growers’ Summer Update in Valdosta, Georgia, provided growers another outlet to learn about two diseases — citrus greening and citrus canker — that could have serious ramifications on the industry’s future in Georgia. Jonathan Oliver, University of Georgia (UGA) assistant professor and small fruits pathologist, highlighted the seriousness of the discovery of both of the diseases in …

Choanephora Blight Found on Green Bean in Charleston

Jim Rogers Cucurbits, Disease, South Carolina

Due to frequent rains, cloudy weather and high humidity, Choanephora blight or wet rot was found throughout a one-acre planting of green bean cultivars and breeding lines at Coastal Research and Education Center last week, according to The South Carolina Grower. Growers and home gardeners may see similar symptoms on late-planted beans throughout South Carolina. Choanephora blight is a common …

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus on Rise in North Carolina

Jim Rogers Disease, Peppers, Tomatoes

By Clint Thompson High populations of thrips meant a surge in tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) in North Carolina tomatoes this season. Inga Meadows, North Carolina (N.C.) State Extension specialist, discusses the uptick in thrips activity this year. Since thrips vector the virus, that meant more incidences of TSWV. “In some parts of North Carolina, we’ve had quite a bit …

Rain’s Impact on Diseases in Peaches

Jim Rogers Disease, Peaches, Weather

By Clint Thompson The increase in rainfall across the Southeast is having minimal impact on diseases in the region’s peach crop. Phil Brannen, University of Georgia Extension fruit disease specialist, discusses the current scenario facing producers as harvests continue. “Thankfully, we’re no longer drought stressed in a lot of the locations, which is good. There’s been an increase in disease …