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Updated: February 6, 2024
By R. David Myers

July 15, 2021  |  Volume 12, Issue 4

Watch Your Pumpkins and Squash for Squash Vine Borer

By Jerry Brust, Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist, University of Maryland

I have gotten several emails and calls from growers in different areas of the state reporting they are seeing the beginnings of squash vine borer problems...Read more>>

Mid-July Vegetable IPM Scouting Tips

By Emily Zobel, Senior Agent Associate, University of Maryland Extension-Dorchester County

General Tips: Check > 50 plants throughout the whole field when making treatment decisions. Localized infestations can be spot treated to save time and money. For up-to-date...Read more>>

Club Root Found in Brassica Crops

By Jerry Brust, Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist, University of Maryland

It is odd that we would have a couple of reports of an unusual disease of brassicas turn up in the same week, but we did. Clubroot caused...Read more>>

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    SARE Cover Crop Economics Bulletin

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    No-Till: The Quiet Revolution

  • 2020/2021 Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations

    Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations

Unusual Pest Found in Tomatillo Crop

By Jerry Brust, Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist, University of Maryland

I was at a farm the other day that had a wide variety of crops on it and the grower showed me what we at first thought were odd looking...Read more>>

Black Dot Root Rot Found in High Tunnel Tomatoes

By Jerry Brust, Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist, University of Maryland

A root disease that is most commonly associated with potato has turned up on tomato in a high tunnel. This disease goes by the...Read more>>

Fusarium Crown Rot in Squash

By Jerry Brust, Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist, University of Maryland

A County agent sent pictures of squash that were turning yellow and wilting (fig. 1). This was found to be Fusarium crown rot caused by...Read more>>

Pumpkin Disease Control

By Gordon Johnson, Extension Vegetable & Fruit Specialist, University of Delaware

A frequent question that I get from growers is, “What is the best spray program for my pumpkin crop and other ornamental squashes?” It is a...Read more>>

Maryland State Horticultural Society

MSHS Is Reminding Everyone About Membership Renewal

Membership is open to everyone, especially those involved in the production of fruit and vegetables. Consider the benefits you receive from the Maryland State Horticulture Society. Share information with other producers and encourage them to consider being a member. If you have not already, please consider renewing your 2021 MSHS membership. Your dues dollars support much-needed research and more! 

Membership Renewal

  • FieldWatch


    To register, go to For more information about FieldWatch, read this helpful resource or call the department’s Pesticide Regulation Section at 410-841-5710.

  • Food Safety Newsletter

    Check out our weekly newsletter! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter coming from the Plant Science Food Safety Group. Its focus is you, the Maryland fruit and vegetable farmer, and will contain timely information to keep you updated on food safety work shops, webinars, classes, and other news.

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Determining Peach Fruit Maturity

By Yixin Cai, Graduate Student, Farcuh Lab & Macarena Farcuh, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
University of Maryland, College Park

The maturity stage of peach at harvest depends on its target market. Peaches for wholesale are usually...Read more>>

Reminders for Monitoring and Managing Spotted-Wing Drosophila

By Kelly Hamby, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland

Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD, Drosophila suzukii) is a small fly that lays its eggs into ripening and...Read more>>

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Maryland Vegetable Farm Blog

What more great information between issues of the Fruit and Vegetable Newsletter, then check out the new Maryland Fruit & Vegetable Blog!

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    MDA Announces Dates for Annual Pesticide Container Recycling Program (pdf)

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    Marylanders Encouraged to Keep a Lookout for this Invasive Pest

Heat Damage in Vegetables Revisited

By Gordon Johnson, Extension Vegetable & Fruit Specialist, University of Delaware

The current heatwave is causing losses in vegetables and fruits. The following are some effects of high temperatures on...Read more>>

Sunburn in Fruiting Vegetables and Fruit Crops and Sunburn Protection

By Gordon Johnson, Extension Vegetable & Fruit Specialist, University of Delaware

With the recent hot temperatures and more predicted, there is high potential for sunburn in fruits and fruiting vegetables. Growers may need...Read more>>

Brown Rot of Peaches and Nectarines

By Gordon Johnson, Extension Vegetable & Fruit Specialist, University of Delaware

Conditions have been highly favorable for the development of brown rot in nectarines and peaches. Brown rot has blossom, shoot, canker, and...Read more>>

Timely Viticulture

Timely Viticulture is an electronic newsletter that is designed to give those in the grape industry a timely reminder of things they should be considering in the vineyard. Since we are all busy it is not meant to be an exhaustive list of things to consider or even a full discussion of the options. It is just meant to think about what is happening and what is coming up, with some comments.

To view, Timely Viticulture click here

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Paraquat Dichloride Training for Certified Applicators

As required by EPA’s Paraquat Dichloride Human Health Mitigation Decision and amended paraquat dichloride (a.k.a. paraquat) product labels, certified applicators must successfully complete an EPA-approved training program before mixing, loading, and/or applying paraquat. The training provides important information about paraquat’s toxicity, new label requirements and restrictions, and the consequences of misuse. The EPA-approved training module can be accessed here. This training was developed by paraquat manufacturers as part of EPA’s 2016 risk mitigation requirements and has been approved by EPA.

CDMS Pesticide Labels and MSDS online by going to

Vegetable & Fruit News, July 15, 2021, Volume 12, Issue 4 (pdf)

Vegetable & Fruit News is a timely publication for the commercial vegetable and fruit industry available electronically in 2021 from April through October on the following dates: April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15, August 19, September 9, and October 28 (Special Research & Meeting Edition). Published by the University of Maryland Extension Focus Teams: 1) Agriculture and Food Systems; and 2) Environment and Natural Resources.

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R. David Myers
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Gambrills, MD 21054
Phone: (410) 222-3906

Article submission deadlines for 2021 at 4:30 p.m. on April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 18, September 8, and October 27 (Special Research & Meeting Edition).

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