Cucurbit Downy Mildew Found in Franklin County, North Carolina
Cucurbit downy mildew was confirmed on a cucumber sample from a commercial field in Franklin County submitted to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic on June 23 of 2014. Leaves presented approximately 20% disease, but only 1% of the field was affected (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
This is the second report of cucurbit downy mildew in North Carolina for 2014, and several outbreaks are being reported in neighboring states. Active scouting and immediate action to protect cucurbit crops is recommended. Please refer to our previous alert for control recommendations.
If you think you have cucurbit downy mildew in your cucurbits please contact your local Extension Agent and send photos and/or physical samples to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic. If cucurbit downy mildew is confirmed in your samples by an expert, please make sure a report is sent to the Cucurbit downy mildew IPM pipe website.