Category Archives: Fruit

Fig Rust Causing Early Defoliation

Fig rust, caused by the fungus Cerotelium fici, is already causing defoliation of fig trees in parts of southern Louisiana. This is considerably earlier than normal, but this spring’s abundance of rainfall made conditions ideal for disease development. For more … Continue reading

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Cucurbit Downy Mildew 2012

We have yet to see downy mildew on cucurbits here in Louisiana this year, but it was recently reported on cucumbers in Baldwin County, Alabama, which is east of Mobile Bay. Growers, especially those growing watermelons and pumpkins, and county … Continue reading

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Recent Rains Bring on Diseases in the Garden

André Brock and I visited a 100-year-old gardener in West Feliciana Parish the other day.  This gentleman has a beautiful garden and said he spends an hour a day tending to it, although his daughter helps with the harvesting as … Continue reading

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DuPont’s Fontelis™ fungicide is now registered for use in Louisiana

I received notice today that DuPont’s Fontelis™ fungicide is now registered for use in Louisiana. The active ingredient is penthiopyrad, a carboxamide (SDHI) fungicide in FRAC group 7. Fontelis™ is labeled for the control of Botrytis gray mold, powdery mildew … Continue reading

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Current Status of Citrus Greening in Florida

Here’s the latest on attempts to deal with citrus greening (huanglongbing) in Florida from TheLedger.com at http://www.theledger.com/article/20120410/NEWS/120419953?Title=Scientist-Remedy-for-Citrus-Greening-Disease-Fails-to-Improve-Productivity). The most troubling bit of news in the article is that University of Florida plant pathologist Jim Graham “cited research by U.S. Sugar, also … Continue reading

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Huanglongbing Confirmed in California

On Friday, March 30, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the USDA announced that the citrus disease huanglongbing (HLB), also referred to as citrus greening, had been confirmed in a lemon/pummelo tree in a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles County.  An … Continue reading

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Midas® Soil Fumigant Pulled from U.S. Market

On Tuesday, Arysta LifeScience Corporation announced that it was suspending sales of its soil fumigant Midas®  in the U.S. citing that the decision was based on an internal review of the economic viability of the product in the U.S. marketplace.  Midas® contains the … Continue reading

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