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SC Fruit and Vegetable Field Report – December 6, 2021

Coastal Region

Rob Last reports, “Pest and disease activity in the area remain low with overall good development of crops. Strawberries continue to develop well with very few issues. Given the misty mornings we are seeing, disease pressures may begin to pick up. Remember to keep scouting regularly.

Midlands Region

Justin Ballew reports, “The weather last week was beautiful, and we had our first real chance to accumulate some growing degree days in our strawberries. This is much needed as I’ve been getting several complaints of plants being small and slow-growing. Late planting and cool weather definitely held us back so far this season. We have seen a little downy mildew in brassicas that may worsen with the heavy dew we’ve had the last few mornings. Other than that, brassica crops are looking great.”

We have some beautiful, healthy collards in the midlands right now.

We have some beautiful, healthy collards in the midlands right now.
Justin Ballew, ©2021, Clemson Extension

Downy mildew symptoms on the upper side of the collard leaf.

Downy mildew symptoms on the upper side of the collard leaf.
Justin Ballew, ©2021, Clemson Extension

Phillip Carnley reports, “Everything is fairly quiet in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties. With the lack of rain, disease pressure has been borderline nonexistent. The strawberries here are still a little behind due to the later planting but seem to be growing out well with no spider mites currently present. I have seen a decrease in the population of diamondback moth caterpillars in my area, but that does not mean stop scouting.”

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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