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Conditions conducive in parts of Illinois to Phytophthora infection of cucurbits

According to State Extension Pathologist Mohammad Babadoost, all cucurbit plants (vine crops) in northern Illinois and possibly other areas experiencing wet field conditions should be sprayed for Phytophthora . Spray with Revus alternated with Orondis Opti or Ranman . Because pumpkins have such dense canopies, add in addition ProPhy...

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Winemaking Fundamentals Symposium

August 1, 2017 10 AM – 5 PM Trutter Center, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield IL Are you ready to take your wines to the next level? IGGVA Enologist Bradley Beam, along with Scott Laboratories resident expert Michael Jones, SIU Fermentation Science Institute professor Dr. Katherine Witrick, and Bauerhaus Marketing guru Rebecca Ritz will collectively guide you t...

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Downy Mildew of Basil Detected in Illinois

State pathologist Mohammad Babadoost reports downy mildew of basil was detected in Illinois on July 19th for the first time this season. This disease can spread quickly statewide in wet conditions so growers are advised to begin scouting now. Three registered fungicides; Quadris, Revus, and Ranman are very effective for control of downy mildew of basil and should be spray-applied at 7-day int...

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Phytophthora Infection Predicted in Some Cucurbit Fields

Dear Growers, After heavy rainfall of Tuesday (July 11th) in some parts of Illinois, we may experience substantial Phytophthora infection in cucurbit fields. I recommend the following for the management of Phytophthora blight of pumpkins: Spray plants at 7-day intervals with Orondis Opti + a copper alternated with...

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Vegetable Field Day - 2017

PLACE: Vegetable Crops Research Farm at Champaign, IL DATE:  August 17, 2017 TIME: 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. PRESENTATIONS: All at Research Plots of Pumpkins                Squash Cucumber                Basil Tomato Pepper...

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Welcome to My Jungle - July 2017

It is one thing to see food in the produce isle, it is altogether different to see that same edible portion growing on the plant. I have worked with specialty crops much of my adult life, but I have never lost my fascination of plants that produce food. Who can't stare in awe at a tree full of peaches or smile in excitement when pulling up peanut plants to reap the hidden rewards. I rec...

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