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Category Archives: Plant Diseases
Nothing scares a garlic grower like the bloat nematode. With the potential for almost total destruction of a crop, the bloat nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci) is most commonly introduced via infested seed. Once present, nematodes can survive in seed, crop debris, … Continue reading
The ceaseless challenge posed by pest, disease, and weed pressure in our vegetable fields can be disheartening at best. As we patiently tend to our crops through the summer months, it’s important to take a moment to observe and learn … Continue reading
It’s that time of year and cucumber beetles are once again wreaking havoc on tender cucurbit seedlings. In all stages of life, these beetles do damage to cucumbers, winter and summer squash, melons, pumpkins, and gourds. In addition to inflicting … Continue reading
In recent years, I have noticed increasingly larger populations of Japanese Beetles in my garden. I first observed them in my garden a few years ago when I came upon them devouring my edamame soybean plants. Easy to spot with … Continue reading
We just discovered this great visual resource from the University of Maryland, their: Home and Garden Information Center’s Landscape Problem Solver Website The site offers photographic keys to help diagnose and solve plant problems, using Integrated Pest Management principles. There’s … Continue reading
Due to the hot and humid weather, lately many gardeners are noticing “blossom drop” on their tomato plants. Blossoms are drying up and dropping off before the tomato fruit sets. As explained by J.M. Kemble, Extension Vegetable Specialist and associate … Continue reading
The pathogen Phytophthora infestans, commonly called Late Blight or Irish Potato Blight, has been responsible for the demise of potato, tomato, and other solanaceous crops worldwide for centuries. It was the vicious culprit of the European, Irish, and Highland Potato … Continue reading