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Cucurbit Downy Mildew Update

Chuck Bornt, Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

July 25, 2018

As you may remember, a couple weeks ago Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) was found in New Jersey and up until this week, most of eastern NY was under "low risk" of spores blowing in.  However, as you can see in the image from the CDM Forecasting System, the case for making sure you have fungicide coverage on all your cucurbits (especially cucumbers!) is all the more important! 

According to the forecast, eastern NY is under a "HIGH Risk"!  Regional Weather: Southeast / mid-Atlantic U.S: Rainy through the East Coast states. A stalled front in the East will be joined by a cold front moving in from the central U.S. Strong moisture feed from the south ensures more clouds and rain through mid-week. Some drying may occur from the west on Thursday. Highs in the 80s to low 90s, lows in the 60s and 70s.Overview: Epidemic spread likely in the East. Transport events move near-source and ... north / NW (Tuesday), north / NE (Wednesday), and northeast (Thursday). Conditions are favorable during a very large number of these events.  The last couple of years this program was been pretty accurate when it comes to determining when we saw our first CDM.  Usually within a week or so we were able to find CDM within the region.  This coupled with the current weather pattern is CDM's dream come true. 

Remember that cucumbers tend to be the crop most affected by this particular strain.  Look for yellow spots on the upper leaf sides on new growth and a grey/purple fuzz on the underside of the leaf where those yellow spots are located (Figure 2) - early morning under dewy conditions is the best time to find the fuzz on the undersides. For symptoms on other cucurbits go to http://cdm.ipmpipe.org/node/22 

 So what's this all mean?  It means that it is highly likely CDM is or will be moved into our region and your plants have been exposed to CDM spores.  If you haven't started your DM fungicide program it's time to start!  I've put together a list of fungicides labeled for CDM in Table 1.  The good news, if there is any, is that conventional growers have a new fungicide labeled this year for use that is highly effective on CDM call Orondis.  The active ingredient in Orondis is oxathiapiprolin and is the first in a new chemical group (FRAC code 49, previously U15).  It is highly effective for diseases caused by oomycetes (downy mildews, late blight and phytophthora blight).   

However there a few things to know.  First, there are three formulations of Orondis on the market:  Orondis Gold, Orondis Opti and Orondis Ultra.  Orondis Gold is labeled for soil applications and if it was used at planting, no foliar applications of Orondis are allowed!   If you did not use Orondis Gold, the other two formulations are labeled for foliar applications but again there are some differences.  First, Orondis Opti also contains chlorothalonil so if you use this one you will not have to add extra protectant.  However, for cucurbits it only has CDM on the label.  Orondis Ultra also contains mandipropamid the active ingredient in Revus and has CDM and Phytophthora blight on the label!  It would also need to have a protectant such as chlorthanonil or copper mixed in with it.  Additionally, for resistance management, no more than 2 consecutive applications of any Orondis fungicide are allowed; next application must be a fungicide that does not contain a code 49 active ingredient and also a code 40 when Orondis Ultra is used.  When at least 3 applications will be made, Orondis fungicides can be no more than 33% of the applications, or a maximum of 4 applications per planting, whichever is fewer.

Orondis Ultra or Opti are the first go to products, but if you suspect CDM and you don't have or can't get ahold of an Orondis product, my first choice would probably be Curzate or Tanos (as they have some kickback activity) but are short lived so it needs to be mixed with a protectant such as chlorothalonil and another translaminar fungicide such as Ranman, Zampro etc.  Please remember to rotate your fungicides!   I have given you the FRAC codes to help determine the different classes they belong too—do not apply products or pre-mix products from the same FRAC code back to back.  If possible, switch to a different one.  Please note that Previcur Flex and Presidio are no longer being recommend for CDM!

Organic options for DM:  There are a number of organic materials labeled for Downy mildew, but for the most part many of them have not shown very good efficacy in most trials.  If applied before the disease is started copper remains one of the better choices.  Other options include Double Nickel 55 Biofungicide, Regalia Biofungicide, Actinovate AG and OxiDate 2.0.





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Biweekly Vegetable News Podcast - Episode 9 - 08/21/19

August 21, 2019
The August 21st, 2019 edition of the Eastern New York Vegetable News covers the following topics:

Changes to Worker Housing Regulations in the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act (1:25)
Managing Alternaria Leaf Spot and Head Rot on Broccoli (4:25)
Gauging Winter Squash Maturity for Harvest (10:05)
Insects in Hemp, especially European Corn Borers (18:33)
Guidance on the Dropped Covered Produce Provision of the Food Safety Modernization Act (22:53)
Cucurbit Downy Mildew Management Update (27:02)
Report from the BioControl Field Day and Weed Management Recommendations (31:07)
Day Neutral Strawberries (40:33)

Here are links to additional resources mentioned in the episode:

Current Housing Regulations for Seasonal and Migrant Farmworkers
(On January 1, 2020, these will now apply to farms housing any number of seasonal and migrant farmworkers)

Public Health Law, section 225, NYCRR Title 10 Health, Part 15, Migrant Housing: https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/nycrr/title_10/part_15/

Managing Alternaria Leaf Spot and Head Rot in Broccoli

Sue Scheufele “Can Alternaria Leaf Spot Be Managed Organically?” http://www.hort.cornell.edu/expo/proceedings/2013/Cole%20Crops/Cole%20Crops%20Scheufele%20Alternaria.pdf

Christy Hoepting “Control of Alternaria head rot in broccoli featuring exciting results from 2018 on‐farm fungicide trial” http://www.hort.cornell.edu/expo/pdf/20190115-all-day-hoepting.pdf

Dropped Covered Produce:
FDA Factsheet on Dropped Covered Produce: https://www.fda.gov/media/129568/download

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