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Some of our watermelon fields may be low in sulfur For the last 3 out of 5 years (yes I know, but I get busy with other things) I have been looking at whether or not adding extra sulfur to watermelon is worth it. I was asked a similar question from a couple of eastern shore growers awhile back and I said I was not sure and I’d look into it.
Marketing and Branding ─ Color it “SOLD” Mastering Marketing - November 2016
Why so little yellow shoulders in tomatoes this year? Normally at this time of year, I’d be writing about how bad yellow shoulders and other fruit ripening problems are in Maryland tomatoes. But this has been a strange season with May weather in March and March weather in May, which caused a great deal of catfacing problems this year.
Other Fruit Problems with 2016 Tomato Crop Many of our tomatoes this summer look pretty ugly and is what I’d like to talk about this week. Some of the ugliness is due to high levels of gold fleck (Fig. 1). Gold fleck is caused by calcium crystals being deposited in the epidermal layers of the fruit when certain varieties are 
Catfacing Problems in Tomatoes There have been some reports from growers and educators of several sets of tomato fruit with catfacing or that are deformed (Fig. 1). Catfacing results in fruit with deep indentations in the blossom end or fruit with significant distortions.  It is thought to be caused by a problem during the formation of the flower that results in the fruit not developing normally.
Potato Leaf Hoppers on Hops I do not usually look at hops very much as only a few farms have them, but they are becoming a bit more common in the last 10 years (Fig. 1). Visiting two farms withy hops I saw marginal leaf damage (Fig. 2) on some leaves (found some thrips too) and then marginal leaf scorch on others (Fig. 3).
Garlic Viruses In the past I have talked about several different problems with garlic, be it mites, nematodes, fungal or bacterial diseases. However, this year I am seeing something different that I will just call ‘garlic viruses’ that may have been there in past years, but is more prominent now for some reason.
Mites (Two Types) Found in Strawberries  While visiting some strawberry fields over the last few weeks, I ran into a few areas that had two spotted spider mite (TSSM) feeding. These were mostly in fields that had been using row cover. Spider mites Tetranychus urticae are well adapted to high-temperatures and can complete their life cycle in as little as 7 days when temperatures are > 80º F.
Allium (Onion) Leafminer The allium leafminer Phytomyza gymnostoma (also known as the onion leafminer) has recently been detected and confirmed from infested leeks in Lancaster County, PA.  This is the first confirmed infestation in the Western Hemisphere.
Tomato Ripening August 2015
Blossom End Rot in Tomatoes This is just a reminder with the peculiar weather we have had lately with stretches of very high temperatures then cooler days and throw in the very heavy down pours we have had over the last few weeks, blossom end rot can become a real problem in tomatoes.
Plants that Attract Pollinators and Natural Enemies 2015 In this presentation plants that gardeners and growers could use to attract both pollinators and natural enemies to their vegetable crops are discussed.
Garlic Problems in 2015 April 15, 2015
Legal Liability of Saving Seeds in an Era of Expiring Patents While the Roundup Ready patent has expired, producers nonetheless need to understand the implications for their operations and how other laws may continue to limit their ability to save harvested seed for planting the following season.
New Crop Insurance Option for Diversified Operations: Whole Farm Revenue Protection The 2014 Farm Bill authorized USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) to develop a new type of revenue insurance product, Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP). WFRP provides a risk management tool for all commodities on farms with up to $8.5 million in insured revenue.
Managing the Weed Seedbank with Cover Crops and Tillage University of Maryland Department of Entomology*Post-DoctoralResearch Associate, **Associate Professor and Extension Specialist  
Offing Cover Crops for Weed Suppression: Featuring the Roller Crimper and Other Mechanical Contraptions !Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, $Graduate Student and *Faculty Research AssociateUniversity of Maryland, Department of Entomology  
The Plight of Clint and His Monoculture Practices $SESYNC intern, # Graduate student and !Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of MD Dept. of Entomology  
Using Flowering Plants to Help Parasitic Wasps Attack Stink Bug Eggs $Graduate Student, *Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

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