Downy mildew

Conditions could lead to escalation of cucurbit downy mildew in Michigan

The first symptoms of cucurbit downy mildew disease on pickling cucumber plants in commercial Michigan fields has been found by Michigan State University’s Hausbeck Plant Pathology Research Lab in Muskegon and Allegan counties. The statewide spore... more »

Downy mildew detected on Michigan cucumbers, melons

Michigan State University Extension is encouraging all Michigan cucumber and melon growers to employ downy mildew fungicides now. The first symptoms of cucurbit downy mildew disease on pickling cucumber plants in commercial production fields has... more »

AI helps detect watermelon disease quickly

If you savor a juicy watermelon in the scorching summer heat, Florida farmers toil to meet your tastes. The Sunshine State leads the nation in watermelon production. But, like all farmers, those who produce watermelons... more »

Ontario reports downy mildew on cucumber and cantaloupe

Downy mildew has been reported in Essex County in Ontario, Canada, putting the pathogen within easy striking distance of Michigan’s cucurbit crops. This pattern of downy mildew being detected in our immediate region around the... more »

Downy mildew confirmed in Michigan cucumbers

Growers on Michigan’s east side should consider preventive fungicide sprays for cucumbers and melons (watermelons, cantaloupe, muskmelon) now that downy mildew has been verified in Bay County over the weekend. A young downy mildew infection... more »

Downy mildew on cucumber reported in Ontario

On July 5, downy mildew was identified on field cucumbers in Kent County, Ontario. Kent County is close to Michigan and it’s reasonable to assume that the disease will develop in our state soon. The... more »

Project receives $2.3 million grant to combat downy mildew

USDA has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) researchers and collaborators at six other universities across the country a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop management plans for downy mildew. After nearly 120 years as a... more »

Study pest life cycles to boost resistance management

Growers are well aware of the need to rotate pesticide chemistry to minimize the chances of pests developing resistance. However, there is more to resistance management and pest control than just rotating chemistries. Understanding pest... more »

Seminis announces new Downy mildew hybrids

During the Pickle Packers International annual meeting, Seminis announced the launch of DM Defense, a line of Downy mildew resistant pickling cucumber seed for the 2016 growing season. “The control options for Downy mildew for... more »

New downy mildew hybrids soon available

Pickling cucumber growers will soon have a new defense against the devastating downy mildew disease. During the Pickle Packers International annual meeting, Seminis announced the launch of DM Defense, a line of Downy mildew resistant pickling... more »

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