Category Archives: Downy Mildew

Cucurbit Downy Mildew Report for the Week of June 19th, 2017

Cheryl Trueman, University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus

Scouting for downy mildew in pickling cucumber fields in Norfolk County began on June 13 and in Kent County on June 19.

You can track sightings of downy mildew in North America on the IPMpipe Cucurbit Downy Mildew website.

More information:
2017 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops

2016 Fungicide efficacy and fungicide program results

The downy mildew scouting program is sponsored by the Ontario Cucumber Research Committee. Field scouting in Norfolk County is managed by Tania Keirsebilck-Martin at the Norfolk Fruit Growers’
Association. Field scouting in Kent County is managed by Cheryl  Trueman at the Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph. We thank Elaine Roddy, OMAFRA vegetable specialist, for her guidance with
implementing this program.

Downy Mildew Report for the week of June 12, 2017

By Cheryl Trueman, University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus

Scouting for downy mildew in pickling cucumber fields in Norfolk County began on June 13 (3 of 5 sites) and will begin in Kent County on June 19.You can track sightings of downy mildew in North America on the IPMpipe Cucurbit Downy Mildew website.
More information:
2017 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops
2016 Fungicide efficacy and fungicide program results.

 

2017 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops

In 2016, Cheryl Trueman compared several different cucumber downy mildew control programs in plots at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. These studies indicated that the highest level of control was achieved using a three product rotation of Orondis Ultra A+B, Torrent and Zampro.

Several different product rotations were compared including:

  • Bravo-only applied 6 times.
  • a high input strategy that focused on optimal control and resistance management: Orondis Ultra A+B; Torrent; Zampro; Orondis Ultra A+B; Torrent; Zampro.
  • a low-input strategy that focused on early control and resistance management, switching to lower-cost fungicides in the final weeks of harvest: Orondis Ultra A + B (plus Bravo); Torrent; Zampro; Bravo; Bravo; Bravo.
  • a single application of Orondis Ultra, applied early followed by the other targeted downy mildew  fungicides (Orondis Ultra A + B; Torrent ; Zampro; Torrent; Zampro; Torrent).
  • Control – no fungicides applied
Product Rotation Leaf Area Infected Defoliation
Bravo Only
(6 applications)
45% 23%
High Input 3% 0%
Low Input 40% 20%
Single Orondis Ultra in rotation 28% 8%
Control 80% 80%

Final yields for both the high input and single Orondis Ultra (in rotation) were both significantly higher than the Bravo only programs. The yields for the high input program, were significantly higher than all other treatments.

See the 2017 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops for more information.

Cucumber Downy Mildew Confirmed in Kent County, Ontario

July 5th, 2016: cucurbit downy mildew was identified today in a processing cucumber field in Kent County, Ontario.  Now that the disease is present in the great lakes region, growers should immediately move to a targeted downy mildew spray program.

See the 2016 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops for an up-to-date list of registered control products.

Use only the downy mildew targeted products listed in the strategy. Research trials in Ridgetown, Simcoe and in the neighbouring states have shown these products to be the most consistent from year-to-year.

Rotate between all three of the targeted downy mildew products, starting with the most effective product, Orondis Ultra, and then rotate to either Zampro or Torrent within 7-days.

If you have any questions about the cucumber downy mildew control strategy, please call 519 674 1616 or email elaine.roddy@ontario.ca

Cucumber Downy Mildew Update – June 14th, 2016

Do date there have been no confirmed reports of downy mildew in the Great Lakes region.  However, activity does continue in the Southern US.  The ipmPIPE website tracks the epidemic (figure 1) and also forecasts the potential spread of the disease.

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Cucurbit Downy Mildew Epidemic Status Map, 2016-06-14

Historically, downy mildew has arrived in this area in late-June to early July. We have found that using an early broad spectrum preventative fungicide program, staring at vine development, will result in better season long control of the disease. This is especially important if weather conditions turn wet and overcast, with storm originating in the Southern US.

For complete details see the 2016 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops.

If you suspect downy mildew in your cucurbit crop, please notify OMAFRA, your agri-business supplier or your grading station.  Downy mildew is a community disease and open communication is vital to ensuring a healthy crop.

2016 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops

The 2016 Downy Mildew Control Strategy for Cucumber Crops contains an updated list of fungicides, including the newly registered Orondis Ultra. The restricted entry interval for Bravo has also been updated to reflect the new Bravo ZN label.

Due to the development of resistance and concerns about efficacy, Tattoo C and Presidio have been removed from the 2016 strategy. These products may provide  suppression under low risk conditions, however research results indicate that they are not sufficient controls under higher disease pressure.

For more reading:

Research Update – Fungicide Efficacy on Downy Mildew in Cucumbers

Ontario CropIPM – Downy Mildew

Angular, tan-to-brown lesions caused by cucurbit downy mildew
Cucurbit Downy Mildew

 

Research Update – Fungicide Efficacy on Downy Mildew in Cucumbers

Cheryl Trueman, College Professor, University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus
Rachel Riddle, Research Technician, University of Guelph – Simcoe
Elaine Roddy, Vegetable Crops Specialist, OMAFRA

Over the past two years, there have been several changes in the efficacy of fungicides commonly used to control downy mildew in cucumbers. The results from field trials conducted by the University of Guelph reflect trends also observed in Michigan and North Carolina.

Figure 1 and Figure 2 show the results of the Ontario 2015 downy mildew fungicide trials conducted at Ridgetown and Simcoe. Note that in both trials, a significant decline was observed in the efficacy of both Presido 4SC and Tattoo C. Presidio preformed no better than the untreated control, while the results from Tattoo C were no different than chlorothalonil (Bravo Zn).

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is currently evaluating a new active ingredient called oxathiapiprolin (Orondis Ultra). In both of the University of Guelph studies, oxathiapiprolin demonstrated good control against cucumber downy mildew. If approved, this product will provide a good option for rotation with currently registered downy mildew fungicides.

Figure 1. AUDPC (area under the disease progress curve) for leaf area affected by cucurbit downy mildew in cucumber cv. Vlasstar, Ridgetown, ON, 2015. Fungicides were applied on a 7-day interval July 7-Aug 4. Columns with the same letter are not significantly different from each other.
Figure 1. AUDPC (area under the disease progress curve) for leaf area affected by cucurbit downy mildew in cucumber cv. Vlasstar, Ridgetown, ON, 2015. Fungicides were applied on a 7-day interval July 7-Aug 4. Columns with the same letter are not significantly different from each other.

 

Figure 2. AUDPC (area under the disease progress curve) for leaf area affected by cucurbit downy mildew in cucumber cv. Vlaspik, Simcoe, ON, 2015. Fungicides were applied on a 7-day interval July 16-Aug 6. Columns with the same letter are not significantly different from each other.
Figure 2. AUDPC (area under the disease progress curve) for leaf area affected by cucurbit downy mildew in cucumber cv. Vlaspik, Simcoe, ON, 2015. Fungicides were applied on a 7-day interval July 16-Aug 6. Columns with the same letter are not significantly different from each other.