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Effect of Row Covers on Suppression of Bacterial Wilt of Muskmelon in Iowa

D. S. Mueller, M. L. Gleason, A. J. Sisson, and J. M. Massman

October 2006


Spun polyester row covers, alone and in combination with insecticides, were evaluated for management of bacterial wilt of muskmelon at three locations in Iowa during 2003 and 2004. Row covers delayed the onset of bacterial wilt symptoms and reduced bacterial wilt incidence. In both years, row covers increased both number and yield of marketable melons. Row covers may enable cucurbit growers to reduce reliance on insecticides for managing bacterial wilt.


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