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New Cucurbit Downy Mildew Forecasting Site

The National Cucurbit Downy Mildew Forecasting site  (Figure 1) has undergone a complete update, and growers requiring alerts will need to re-register. Growers can register for e-mail and/or text alerts when cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) has been found in proximity

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Recommendations for Starting Disease-Free Vegetable Transplants

Many home gardeners and commercial growers have placed their seed orders or have the seeds saved from last year safely tucked away. In the coming days or weeks, it will be time to start those seeds in transplant trays. However,

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Planning a Vegetable Garden

While still firmly in the midst of a gray and brown winter, one way to look toward spring is to start planning for this year’s vegetable garden. There are many items to consider when planning a garden. Decisions made can

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Recent Fungicide Changes in ID-36, Vegetable Production Guide for Kentucky

The new version of Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, 2020-21 (ID-36) is now available as a PDF online and is on its way to county Extension offices Commonwealth-wide. Here is a summary of the major disease management-related changes from

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Ordering Seeds for Vegetable Gardens

Cool temperatures and gray days may make spring feel far away, but planning for vegetable gardens begins during winter months when seeds are ordered. Looking through a seed catalog, store rack, or online product offering, it’s easy to become overwhelmed

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Clean Up High Tunnels Now to Reduce Veggie Disease Next Year

Numerous important pathogens of vegetables can overwinter more effectively in greenhouses and high tunnels, as compared to field environments. These include pathogens that cause foliar diseases like leaf mold, gray mold, and powdery mildews. In addition, soilborne pathogens, like root

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Disrupt Vegetable Pests with Prompt Fall Sanitation

Although the weather this summer feels like we are moving from summer back into summer, the first frosts of fall are approaching, and production for many vegetable fields has run its course. Producers are wrapping up their field season, and

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