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 …

UF/IFAS Extension to Host Vegetable Growers Meeting

Jim Rogers Leafy Vegetables, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

South Florida vegetable growers should mark their calendars for Monday, July 11, as the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension will host a virtual meeting on fumigants and systemics. The vegetable growers meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and includes presentations from various UF/IFAS specialists. Josh Freeman will discuss a systems approach …

UF/IFAS Begins Research to Update Best Management Practices Nutrient Recommendations

Jim Rogers Citrus, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) received $8.8 million to conduct new research that will provide farmers with new and improved nutrient recommendations for fertilization of key Florida crops. The funding, approved by the Florida Legislature, will be administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Farmers apply fertilizers to their crops …

A Primary Challenge to Pepper Production

Jim Rogers Disease, Peppers, Research

By Pamela Roberts, Aastha Subedi, Erica Goss and Jeffrey Jones Bacterial spot of pepper is one of the most common and chronic disease challenges to pepper production. Infection can occur on the stems, leaves and fruit of the pepper plant. SYMPTOMS AND SPREADSymptoms on the leaves start as small, water-soaked (dark, greasy-like spots) areas that are light brown at first …

Vegetable Disease Update in South Georgia

Jim Rogers Disease, Georgia, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Fruit and vegetable season is in full swing across the South Georgia region. Watermelons, a popular crop produced in the area, are currently being harvested. Ty Torrance, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable agent for Colquitt, Tift and Worth counties, talks about production and the lack of disease pressure growers encountered this year. “There have been some …

Alabama Extension to Host High Tunnel Vegetable Workshop

Jim Rogers Alabama, NRCS, Vegetables

Alabama Extension will host a high tunnel vegetable workshop on Wednesday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at Gibbons Farm, 1162 County Road 42, Prattville, Alabama 36067. Interested attendees will learn about high tunnel vegetable crop management as well as other topics like irrigation and fertility management, pest exclusion systems, insect monitoring and …

Managing Phytophthora Blight on Pepper

Jim Rogers Disease, Peppers, Tomatoes

Phytophthora blight disease on pepper and tomato has been observed in South Carolina vegetable fields, according to Clemson plant pathologist Tony Keinath and Extension agent Andy Rollins in The South Carolina Grower. Heavy rainfall in the Upstate from May 23 to May 26 led to the disease emergence after June 1. The saturated soils provided an ideal environment for oospores …