Managing Downy Mildew & Powdery Mildew

Downy Mildew on cantaloupes and winter squash (butter-nuts and acorn) has been confirmed throughout much of the Northern United States.  In addition, we are now in the typical summer weather cycle of thunderstorms followed by high humidity that encourages Powdery Mildew on cucurbits and eventually field and tunnel peppers and tomatoes.  Managing these two very … Read more…

Making Some Sense on the “Final” Rule on Food Safety

The produce safety rule(s) on food safety are now finalized.  These rules are part of the much larger Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  They affect everyone who grows, ships, processes, packages, and sells food and food products.  While many smaller growers are exempt from compliance with these rules, that does not remove these same growers … Read more…

Managing Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot

Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot are an annual occurrence in tomato fields, greenhouses, and high tunnels.  ISP Staff, dealer reps, and field consultants all report high levels of this disease.  The high heat and low rainfall earlier this season somewhat slowed these diseases, but the return of rains coupled with lower nighttime temperatures has … Read more…

Empty Greenhouse Space? How about Producing Trellised Cucumbers?

Are you looking at empty greenhouse or high tunnel space now that your bedding plants, hanging baskets, and containers have been sold and moved out?  Consider growing trellised, parthenocarpic cucumbers.  This crop can be successfully grown both in soil and in soilless media, so any structure will do.  Unlike tomatoes and peppers with long days … Read more…