Boxwood blight (also called “box blight” in Europe), caused by the fungal pathogen Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum (=C. buxicola), was found for the first time in the United States in North Carolina, Virginia and Connecticut in 2011.
Counties along and adjoining the Blue Ridge, be aware that you will have a periodical cicada emergence this year. I have already had reports of mud tubes and emergence holes. Follow the link to a fact for more information. This is Brood I of the 17 year cicada. Next year Brood II covers much of the Central parts of Virginia.
Click here to read Virginia Tech's publication about the Periodical Cicada Emergence
The Pathogen Phytophthora infestans belongs to a group of plant pathogens commonly called “water molds” because of their affinity and special adaptations to water. Until the late 20th century, water molds were classified as fungi. However, as their evolutionary relationships were revealed, they were reclassified within the stramenopiles, a group with many aquatic organisms, such as brown algae.
Cucurbit powdery mildew (CPM) has reported on several cucurbit crops in Virginia. This is a little ahead of schedule for this disease to be present, however, this is not surprising considering our mild winter and spring. Symptoms of CPM infection are pretty evident (Figure 1) and starts with initial infection points generally on the upper surface of the leaves. Sparse, white fungal growth can be observed in ‘patches’ on the leaves. As CPM progresses, patches will grow and ‘join’ together to cover the entire upper surface of the leaves (Figure 2). CPM may also be observed on stems and lower leaf surfaces. In general, CPM is most damaging on summer and winter squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe and to a lesser extent on watermelon and cucumber. Infection by CPM earlier in the growing season can lead to premature defoliation and substantial yield loss.
|Cucurbit Disease Update 052212
The application period for the 2011-2012 Scholarship is now closed!
The Fluvanna Master Gardeners will award a $500 scholarship to a Fluvanna County resident who plans to study horticulture or sustainable landscape management (SLM), at the post secondary level, within the 2011-2012 academic year.
The purpose of this scholarship is to promote the interest of Fluvanna County residents in creating and maintaining a healthy, sustainable environment through the study of horticulture and/or landscape management.
B. Eligibility Criteria
- Applicant must be a current resident of Fluvanna County, Virginia.
- Applicant plans to enroll in a horticultural or sustainable landscape management course of study at the post secondary level for the 2011-2012 academic year.
- The course of study must include content specific to horticulture or sustainable landscape management and be approved by the Fluvanna County Master Gardeners and the Fluvanna Extension Agent (or a Virginia Cooperative Extension representative).
- The application must be received by April 30, 2011 and include the following documents and information.
Please download the application below and return the completed application to Fluvanna Master Gardeners, VA Cooperative Extension – Fluvanna County Office
PO Box 133, Palmyra, Virginia 22963
|FMG Horticulture Scholarship Application
FMG Horticulture Scholarship Application