August 2023 | Volume 14, Issue 6
by Jerry Brust, UME and Karen Rane, Director University of Maryland Plant Clinic
There have been some strange happenings in vegetable/fruit fields this season. The latest one is with cantaloup fruit. The fruit looks good when examining it from the outside, but cutting it open reveals an interior that has a dark, wet appearance in the fruit’s wall between the outer rind and the...Read more about Weird Problem in Cantaloupe Fruit.
By Jerry Brust, UME
Potato leafhoppers Empoasca fabae started showing up early in the season in our area in unexpected numbers and now they are showing up again in vegetables (eggplant, beans) fruit crops (raspberries) and hops where they are causing some problems (figs. 1, 2, 3). Unlike earlier in the season when most...Read more about Leafhopper damage found on fruit and vegetables.
Arantza Miroquesada, Candidate for B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology, and Macarena Farcuh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Maryland
What is chilling injury and how is it expressed in Honeycrisp apples?
Honeycrisp apples are highly susceptible to the development of physiological disorders. Physiological disorders are abnormalities that can occur within different fruit tissues that are not caused by pests or mechanical damage but are commonly caused by...Read more about Causes and Prevention of Chilling Injury in Honeycrisp Apples.
By Haley Sater, UME Agriculture Agent Wicomico County
As summer weather begins to wane giving rise to cooler daytime temperatures it’s time to either get strawberries planted for spring or maintain carry over strawberries which means it’s time to think about fall nitrogen application. The success of a spring strawberry...Read more about Strawberries and Fall Nitrogen.
By Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate, Department of Plant Science, Penn State University, and Kelly Hamby, Associate Professor/Extension Specialist UMD
The invasive spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) is the key insect pest of soft-skinned fruit across the United States. With the recent wet weather, we have been experiencing higher than normal spotted wing drosophila (SWD) pressure. Depending on the intensity and amount, rain also substantially...Read more about Unusually High Spotted-Wing Drosophila Pressure.
Cover Cropping is a Necessary Tool for Vegetable Growers
By Gordon Johnson, Retired Extension Specialist * Note this Article first appeared on UD Weekly Crop Update on August 4*
Upcoming UME Events
Additional events, information and registration link can be found on the University of Maryland Ex-tension Agriculture & Food Systems website. https://extension.umd.edu/programs/agriculture-food-systems/meetings-and-events
- UMES Ag Showcase. Aug 16, 2023, 9:00 am - 3:00pm at the UMES Research, Extension and Teaching Farm 10789 Stewart Neck Road Princess Anne, MD. (https://wwwcp.umes.edu/extension/small-farms-program/ag-showcase/)
- Women in AG Webinar: Agricultural Taxes. Sept 13, 2023. 12:00—1:00pm. Online. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-wednesday-webinars-tickets-466528528387)
- UMES Small Farm Conference. Nov 3-4, 2023 at the UMES Campus. More information TBA.
- Maryland Agritourist Conference. Dec 10-12, 2023 at the Hyatt Resort, in Cambridge, Md. $90. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-agritourism-conference-2023-hosted-by-umes-extension-tickets-668382408777
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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