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AgAlert! Cucumber Downy Mildew and Anthracnose

Cucumber downy mildew (CDM) has now been reported from neighboring states (Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky). It is predicted that the disease can be in West Virginia, especially in the counties bordering other states, within a few days (https://cdm.ipmpipe.org/). 

This is the best time to take preventative measures against this deadly disease. If cucumber plants are treated with either mancozeb (Manzate, Dithane, Penncozeb, Fore, Roper, etc.) or chlorothalonil (Bravo, Daconil, Fungonil, etc.) on a weekly basis prior to the arrival of the pathogen in your area, it can be effective in delaying the onset of the disease or completely preventing infections.

Companion Planting

Companion planting with tomatoes, etc.

Companion planting is the practice of growing two or more species of plants that are beneficial to one another in close proximity. There are multiple ways that these plants help one another, including pollination, pest control, habitat for insects, space maximization, natural trellising and increase in crop production.