Tag Archives: Louisiana Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association

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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Sclerotinia Diseases in the Vegetable Garden

Last week was our annual tour of commercial vegetable growers in West Feliciana Parish. AgCenter personnel and several of the commercial growers met and spent the morning touring the various growers’ operations. We saw some early blight on tomatoes, but … Continue reading

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Home Garden Fungicide for Control of Rust on Mayhaw

Home orchard enthusiasts growing mayhaws now have a readily available fungicide they can use for control of rust caused by Gymnosporanium clavipes.  Mayhaw has been added to the new label for Spectracide Immunox Multi-purpose Fungicide containing the active ingredient myclobutanil. For … Continue reading

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Huanglongbing Found in Texas

The Texas Department of Agriculture and USDA APHIS announced this week that huanglongbing (citrus greening) has been confirmed in a citrus grove in Hidalgo County, Texas.  A portion of that county has been placed under an emergency quarantine order and … Continue reading

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New Online Citrus Disease Identification Tool

The U.S.D.A.’s Center for Plant Health Science and Technology has added a new online tool to aid in the identification of 24 diseases and common disorders of citrus. This new site contains an interactive key for identification based on symptoms as well … Continue reading

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Disease Du Jour (June 22, 2011)

I taught a Master Gardeners class in Avoyelles Parish yesterday evening and in appreciation Dr. Carlos Smith and members of the class presented me with this beautiful bouquet. It’s not everyday that you get a bouquet of tomato flowers, especially … Continue reading

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