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Updated: February 2, 2024

September 2023 | Volume 14, Issue 7

Superficial Scald in Apples: Strategies and Solutions

By Agustina Salas (Candidate for B.S. in Biology Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) & Macarena Farcuh, Ph.D., UMD

What is superficial scald in apple fruits and what causes it?
Physiological disorders correspond to abnormalities that can
occur in any of the apple tissues, and can result in loss of quality,
marketability, and profitability, leading to...Read more about Superficial Scald in Apples: Strategies and Solutions.

End of Season Practices to Reduce Vegetable Diseases Next Year

By Emmalea Ernest, UD Extension Fruit & Vegetable Specialist. * Note this article appeared on UD Cooperative Extension Weekly Crop Update, September 7, 2023*

Harvest in some of this season’s vegetable fields is done and others will finish up very soon. End of season sanitation in these fields can help prevent next year’s disease problems. When harvest is complete, it is best to mow...Read more about End of Season Practices to Reduce Vegetable Diseases Next Year.

New Publication!
Frequently Asked Questions for Value-Added Producers (EBR-2022-0635)

This publication summarizes frequently asked questions and answers for the cottage food producers and on-farm home processors. It includes definitions of common terms as well as guidance and recommendations surrounding manufacturing, processing, packaging, labeling, and selling of foods or food products produced by the Maryland cottage food businesses and on-farm food processors. To read this publication go to

  • Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations Guide

  • beet webworm

    September Insect & Disease Scouting Tips

  • Maryland Producer Cold Storage Grant Program Assists Farmers and Watermen with the Purchase of Needed Cold Storage Equipment

Meetings and Events

Fall Pumpkin Twilight Tour
Date: September 21, 2023  |  Thursday
Time: 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: University of Maryland Wye Research and Education Center, 211 Education Dr., Queenstown, MD



Train-the-Trainer Integrated Pest Management for Urban and Small Farms Series
October 19-December 7, 2023 (Thursdays)
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Description: This lunch and learn program is for agricultural service providers and people who teach about urban or small scale farming. Weeds, diseases, and insects are often a major concern for mixed-produce growers in Maryland. Integrated pest management (IPM) programs incorporate multiple pest management strategies into their production practices. This series include 6 lectures give on topics such as over of IPM, plant diseases, weed management, insect management, and communication tips for farmers.

More information and register online at
If you have questions about the program or need reasonable special accommodation to participate in this event please contact Emily Zobel at 410-228-8800 by October 4, 2023.


Vegetable & Fruit News, September 2023, Volume 14, Issue 7 (pdf)

Vegetable & Fruit News is a research-based publication for the commercial vegetable and fruit industry available electronically from April through October.  Published by the University of Maryland Extension Agriculture and Food Systems team.

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Emily Zobel
University of Maryland Extension Agent - Dorchester County
501 Court Lane, Room 208
Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: (410) 410-228-8800

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