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Welcome to My Jungle - September 2017

A personal thank you to the staff and volunteers of Clifftop. I could not have asked for a more beautiful site to view the solar eclipse with my family and friends on Monday, August 21 st . A 360° sunset is a site I will never forget. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into making this such a special day for so many. As quoted on Clifftop's Facebook page "It was a long, hot...

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New downy mildew outbreak could affect Illinois pumpkin and other cucurbit crops

On August 17, 2017, University of Illinois pumpkin expert Mohammad Babadoost detected downy mildew in a pumpkin field in St. Anne, Illinois (Kankakee County), and warns that it could spread quickly. Babadoost, a plant pathologist in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I, observed heavy sporulation of the pathogen on leaves in the affected field. "With current weather conditions, the...

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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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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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Boxwood blight confirmed in Illinois

URBANA, Ill. - Boxwood blight, a serious fungal disease, has been confirmed in Illinois. According to a University Diagnostic Outreach Extension Specialist, two boxwood samples were submitted to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic in late 2016. The samples came from Lake and Cook Counties in northeastern Illinois. Both were from recent landscape additions. "Although the characterist...

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