Berrien County Crop Circles

Finding the Answers to the Unknown

Disease Management in Watermelons

Disease management in watermelons is very critical to commercial production in Georgia. Watermelons are notorious for acquiring a plethora of diseases including anthracnose, alternaria, gummy stem blight, downy mildew, and fusarium wilt to just name a few. Presently, many diseases that we normally see typically later in the season are very prevalent and active. This provokes a very intense scouting system and more frequent fungicide schedule with the correct fungicide to prevent the pathogen. With storm systems in the works and with confirmation of many diseases in Florida and South Georgia, the need for more specific modes of action may be warranted. Berrien county has confirmed anthracnose, gummy stem blight, and fusarium wilt (which is a soil borne pathogen). Downy Mildew is a major concern as it has been confirmed in Florida on watermelons and Echols Co. Georgia on squash.