Lincoln University (LU) Cooperative extension, through its newly opened Plant Pathology Program, has extended the use of MELCAST for Watermelon and Cantaloupe growers at four selected areas in Missouri. Locations selected for accessing the weather based data support system in 2013 include Clarkton, Hornersville, Kennett and LUâ€™s Washington Carver Farm in Jefferson City. The financial support was obtained from the NC-IPM as part of a project on integrated disease management of watermelon in Missouri. LU has also funded MELCAST in previous years so that farmers could access the data at no charges.
This year, the research project at Carver Farm in Jefferson City would be focusing on comparing fungicide spray plans (MELCAST-based or calendar-based), different mulching systems (black plastic or trimmed cover crop mulch) and alternating different fungicide combinations. The farm will be holding a field day on August 28th, where initial results will be viewed or discussed. How to use MELCAST will be explained in the next newsletter.
Update- Food Safety Modernization Act
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Field day and farm tour planned for Aug. 28th
REVISED: November 20, 2015