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Recent events of watermelon vine decline in GA

Watermelon vine crash or decline has been reported from number of fields from different counties in southwest GA. Based on the county extension agents’ reports and also from the personal observations made by extension specialists (B. Dutta and T. Coolong), symptoms of vine decline are mostly associated with low-wet spots…
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Some relevant information on Powdery mildew of cucurbits

Powdery mildew is a common disease of cucurbits under field and greenhouse conditions in most areas of the United States.  Although all cucurbits are susceptible, symptoms are less common on cucumber and melon because many commercial cultivars have resistance. This disease can be a major production problem if not manage timely….
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Root knot nematodes found on onion (by Dr. Hajihassani)

Onion fields infested with root knot nematodes (RKN) were found in the Vidalia area. As can be seen in the picture (Photo: Aubrey Shirley), typical symptoms of RKN on above-ground parts of plants can involve patchy stunting, poor growth and yellowing of leaves. These symptoms are rather similar to nutrient deficiency. Premature wilting…
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Seedcorn Maggots in Transplanted Crops

Problems with seedcorn maggots in transplanted crops are popping up all over south Georgia this Spring. While this is a rare occasion (use of transplants avoids many soil borne insect problems), that makes it no less severe when it occurs. Maggots can kill tender young transplants, but cause minimal injury…
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Rhizoctonia damping off in watermelon transplants

Lately, UGA Plant Disease Clinic at Tifton received number of watermelon transplants with typical Rhizoctonia symptoms.  Rhizoctonia infection may cause a sunken, necrotic lesion near the soil line in seedlings. The lesion girdles the stem, and the seedling collapses and dies quickly. Cultural control In the greenhouse or seedbed, use…
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Downy Mildew of Onion Detected in Vidalia Onion Region

Downy Mildew of Onion (Chris Tyson, Tattnall County Extension Agent) Downy Mildew of Vidalia Onion (Peronospora destructor) was confirmed in the Vidalia Onion growing region on March 19, 2018.  This can be a highly destructive disease, causing serious losses in yield and bulb quality.  Growers need to be aware of its presence…
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