Phillip Carnley, Area Horticulture Agent
Orangeburg and Calhoun have been exceptionally wet. Cucumbers show signs of root rot and pythium from too much moisture in fields. Symptoms range from wilt to outright death. Tomatoes are at their end with decent quality for this late in the season. Watermelons are still being picked with excellent quality and quantity. We are seeing some split from the rain and abrasion from wind and sand has been the biggest quality problem for my area. Okra has been hit or miss, even with the hotter weather. If you are seeing a few blooms on your okra it would be worth looking at ratooning to boost production. Caterpillars and stinkbugs are causing the biggest issues at the moment
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