Tomatoes/Peppers

Bayer working on tomatoes ‘symptomless’ for ToBRFV virus

The trials, which begin late September in Mexico, will target two varieties of Roma tomatoes which show little or no symptoms of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). Developing these varieties aligns with Bayer’s commitment to... more »

Disease concerns surface in Pennsylvania vegetable crops

Late last week, late blight was confirmed in Chautauqua County, New York, on tomatoes and potatoes. Late blight is characterized by irregularly shaped lesions that are initially water-soaked and pale green before turning gray-brown. Under... more »

New Mexico State to present virtual chile field day on Facebook Sept. 9

It’s chile pepper season, and New Mexicans are awaiting this year’s crop to be harvested and roasted – which also means it’s time for New Mexico State University’s biennial chile pepper field day. This year’s... more »

UC Cooperative Extension to investigate healthy soil practices

Six University of California Cooperative Extension research projects were awarded funding ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 each from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Healthy Soils Program. The grants are designed to fund implementation and... more »

Late blight confirmed in southwestern New York

Late blight was confirmed Aug. 27 on a commercial farm in Chautauqua County, New York, on both tomatoes and potatoes. This is the first confirmed report in the region this year. The next closest reports... more »

Pennsylvania vegetable, berry crops impacted by weather, disease, pests

On Aug. 21, 2020, a drought watch was issued by the Department of Environmental Protection for 16 counties in Pennsylvania. These counties include McKean, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Clearfield, Center, Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, Cameron, Blair, Huntingdon,... more »

Plant chemicals are a trick or treat for insects

Plants contain a mixture of hundreds of unique chemicals that can attract or repel pests like caterpillars. For the caterpillar, this means they can choose from a buffet of tasty plants with varying phytochemicals. Some... more »

Fruit set problems, pollination disorders in fruiting vegetables

Vegetable harvest is peaking on in Delmarva, Delaware. Unfortunately, we often see pollination problems in fruiting vegetables when weather conditions are unfavorable and 2020 is no exception. Signs of incomplete pollination in cucurbits include bottlenecked fruit or... more »


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