July 2023 | Volume 14, Issue 5
Jerry Brust, UME
trawberries have had a tough time of it in the Mid-Atlantic this season. Some strawberry fields have been found with black root rot disease mostly...Read more about Black Root Rot found in strawberry plantings.
Jerry Brust, UME
Southern bacterial wilt of tomato, which is caused by the soil-borne bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum Race 1, has been found in a couple of tomato fields in the past week. This pathogen affects many solanaceous...Read more Southern bacterial wilt of tomato
Macarena Farcuh, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
What is it?
Water core (Fig. 1) is one of the many physiological disorders affecting apples. Physiological disorders are abnormalities in the various apple tissues that...Read more about water core in apples.
Jerry Brust, IPM Vegetable Specialist, UMD
While visiting a tomato field this week I saw the tell-tale signs on the flowers that this field was being visited by bumble bees that were pollinating the tomato flowers. In the field wind movement is...Read more about Tomato Pollination and Bumblebee Visits.
Details revealed following statewide listening sessions
ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 17, 2023) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) held a much anticipated Nutrient Management plan writing summit on Monday, July 17 at Anne Arundel Community College to present the overview of the re-imagined and improved nutrient management program. Following a...Read more about Maryland Department of Agriculture Announces New Strategy at Nutrient Management Summit.
The dry conditions we have had up until this week have caused thrips and two spotted spider mite, TSSM (Tetranychus urticae) populations to become problematic in many vegetable fields. These pests feed by puncturing the outer layer of plant tissue...Read more about Thrips and Mites in Vegetables
Gordon Johnson, University of Delaware, Retired Extension Specialist
Irregular ripening is a common problem that occurs in some watermelon fields each year. This is where varieties planted at the same time do not ripen evenly in a field. Fruits that look mature on the outside are not fully ripe inside, often...Read more about Irregular Ripening In Watermelon.
Emmalea Ernest, University of Delaware, Extension Fruit & Vegetable Specialist
Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) was recently reported in southern New Castle County, and it is spreading in nearby states. CDM has been reported in...Read more about Cucurbit Downy Mildew Reported in Delaware.
Jerry Brust, Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist, University of Maryland.
Harlequin bugs are being seen in especially high numbers this season. They are a pest of many vegetables, but preferentially feed on and damage brassica plants, which includes mustards, crucifers, greens and radish. They also are secondary pests...Read more about Harlequin Bugs Are Especially Bad this Season.
JULY 13, 2023 (ANNAPOLIS, MD) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture has received $3.8 million through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program to assist in strengthening Maryland’s food supply chain between farmers and consumers by investing in infrastructure. The Maryland initiative will begin distributing funds...Read more about Maryland Department of Agriculture seeks input on priorities for Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program.
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
- Drone Training Program for the Commercial Ornamental Horticulture Industry -July 27, August 1,2, and 3, 2023, for more information go to 23DronesUMD.eventbrite.com
- Central Maryland Research & Education Center Twilight Tour. Aug 2, 2023 4- 9 pm.
- Wednesday Webinars: Smart Actions for Mental Health. Aug 9, 2023. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Online (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-wednesday-webinars-tickets-466528528387)
- Western Maryland Research & Education Center Horticultural Twilight. Aug 10, 2023. 5-8 p.m. 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD. This event is free. Register online at bit.ly/WMRECHorTour2023 or by calling the Carroll County Extension office (410-386-2760) If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact the UME-Carroll Extension Office by July 26, 2023 at 410-386-2760.
- 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/)
- * Save the Date* UMES Small Farm Conference. Nov 3-4, 2023 at the UMES Campus.
- 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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