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5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
Tomato transplants with suspected symptoms can be treated with streptomycin (Agri-Mycin 17, Agri-Strep, 25) at 1 lb/100 gallons, or 1.25 teaspoon per gallon every 4 to 5 days prior to transplanting. Additionally, Kocide 3000 (copper hydroxide, FRAC code M1) has a greenhouse label for speck and spot control in the greenhouse. Apply ½ to 1.5 TBSP per 1000 sq ft. every 5 to 10 days. Remember, phytotoxicity is an important issue when apply copper in enclosed structures, see label for cautions, restrictions and liabilities. After transplanting, apply Actigard at 0.33 oz 50WG/A (see label for use), or fixed copper (M1) at 1 lb a.i./A plus a mancozeb (Dithane, Manzate, M3) at 1.5 lb 75DF or OLF, or ManKocide (M1 + M3) at 2.5 to 5.0 lb 61WP/A on a 7 day schedule.

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4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
Barbara Quinn, a nutritionist affiliated with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, believes that a diet rich in red vegetables, like tomatoes, apricots, guavas and watermelons may prevent men from developing prostate cancer, as they contain a substance called lycopene.

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4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America's food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions. Read more on the backlog from this Southeast Farm Press article.

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4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
In January 2016, Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, otherwise known as the Produce Rule, became law. James Scott Monroe has received questions as to exactly who is required to test water. As a result, he reviews the steps in determining whether or not one is held to the water testing requirement in this Vegetable Crops Hotline.

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4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
Around Southwest Florida, there has been enough rain and wind around to keep bacterial spot moving and on the increase in tomatoes and peppers. Read more on the disease from page 5 of the South Florida Vegetable Pest & Disease Hotline.

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4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
Around Immokalee, foggy conditions have been sufficient to keep target spot active in tomato. In the Manatee/Ruskin area, recent rains provoked an increase in target spot in a number of fields. On the East Coast, low levels of target spot remains active in older tomatoes and is also causing issues in some cucumber fields. Target spot has been the main problem on tomatoes throughout the growing season and has emerged as the disease in tomatoes in Florida. Growers report good results tank mixing newer products like Fontelis, Inspire Super, Scala, Quadris Top, and Switch with mancozeb or chlorothalonil.

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4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
Late blight has not done much this season and beyond some initial reports never really got going around South Florida.

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4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
Delays in processing H-2A workers could seriously disrupt growers' summer plantings, industry officials said. The current H-2A crisis is the worst Frank Gasperini, executive vice president and CEO of the National Council of Agricultural Employers, said he's seen. Read more on the situation from this Packer story.

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4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
Vegetable crops vary greatly in their temperature tolerance, and the best success with high tunnel production will occur when crops requiring similar temperature ranges are grown together. Read more on temperature management in high tunnel production from pages 2-3 of the Vegetable Crop Update.

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4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
A growing resistance of potato psyllids to the neonicotinoid classification of insecticides has Ada Szczepaniec, Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, looking to the future. Read more on the research from this Spudman article.

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