Melanie Lewis Ivey | 8/25/2014 11:42:50 PM
Integrated Vegetable Disease Management
Successful management of vegetable diseases requires a disease management program that integrates the use of resistant varieties, balanced soil fertility, irrigation water management, weed and insect control, biocontrol and chemical control. Development and implementation of a disease management plan and good record keeping will increase the overall yield and success of the vegetable crop.
Management: The spores are spread in the air currents and can move large distances in a short period of time. For this reason, early detection and accurate diagnosis are critical to prevent widespread outbreaks of the disease. Although disease management relies heavily on the use of preventative fungicides, disease-resistant or -tolerant varieties of cucumbers, squash and cantaloupes are available. There are no resistant watermelon varieties. Avoid overhead irrigation and select growing sites with full sun exposure. The following resources provide detailed information of managing CDM: LSU AgCenter Louisiana Plant Disease Management Guide and National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (organic strategies).
|IPM Resources for Vegetables and Herbs|
Plant Disease Facts-On-line Series
IR-4 Program (Rutgers University)
Vegetable MD On-line (Cornell University)
|Plant Pathology Disease Identification and Management Series|
Bacterial Diseases of Tomatoes (English and Spanish; The Ohio State University)