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Downy mildew resistant varieties of sweet basil now available

Four new varieties of sweet basil resistant to downy mildew are now available to growers.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick announced in June that collaborative research and variety selection had spawned seeds for new varieties resistant to the dreaded disease. Continue reading

Organic workshops and webinars in November

eOrganic is sponsoring several workshops, conferences and webinars this month. Below is a sampling. For more information, read their newsletter.

Organic Transition Workshops in Minnesota

Registration is open for a series of Transitioning to Organic Workshops, in Lamberton, St. Cloud, and Rochester, MN, organized by the Principles for Transitioning to Organic Farming project.These FREE, one-day workshops are for both producers who are seeking more information about organic transitioning and certification, and farmers currently going through the process of transitioning to organic production. These workshops will be primarily directed to field crop producers, but all are welcome. Download a flyer for more information about the workshops here. Space is limited for these workshops. Registration is required by November 22. Register by Clicking Here. For more information, please contact Constance Carlson by email: carl5114@umn.edu or phone: 612-301-1678. Continue reading

Cucurbit downy mildew in FL, GA, and SC

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Cucurbit downy mildew, caused by the oomycete Pseudoperonospora cubensis, is a yearly concern for North Carolina cucurbit growers.  The disease affects cucurbit crops such as cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and squash, but cucumber is particularly susceptible. The Cucurbit Downy Mildew IPM pipe website has been established to provide an early alert system to cucurbit growers so they can initiate preventive sprays once the disease is found in neighboring states, and they can switch to more aggressive spray programs once the disease is in North Carolina to avoid any crop loss and unnecessary sprays.

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Tropical storm Andrea could bring early diseases, insects to Upper Southeast

From Southeast Farm Press

After battling cool, wet weather throughout much of the 2013 planting season, growers in the Upper Southeast are now dealing with Tropical Storm Andrea, which may leave more than wet ground in her path.

For vegetable growers, cucurbit downy mildew has already been reported in several counties in North Carolina. Virginia Tech Vegetable Specialist Steve Rideout says the problem could get much worse if Andrea brings large numbers of disease causing CDM spores with her.

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Six Southern scientists receive funding to solve weed, disease problems

Six teams of IPM scientists will use funding from the USDA Southern Regional IPM grant program to explore ways to control weeds and diseases while reducing the use of pesticides. From non-chemical weed control to plant disease management, these teams will explore new tools that farmers can use to battle diseases and weeds, while lowering their use of fungicides and herbicides. This year, USDA has awarded approximately $768,000 to support Southern Regional IPM projects.

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