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Arkansas Fruit, Vegetable and Nut Update

Disease Management in Pumpkins

by Aaron Cato - September 9, 2022

Pumpkins are a great crop to grow in the Midsouth to diversify farms and support agritourism. Pumpkins are typically thought of as low maintenance compared to many other specialty crops like tomato or strawberry, however, pumpkins do require weekly scouting for both diseases and insect pests, along with a preventative fungicide spray program. In the Midsouth region, a basic fungicide program is necessary for disease prevention, and more targeted fungicides should be used if some major pumpkin diseases are present. See below for information about what types of tactics to integrate into sustainable management plans, and how to scout for major diseases that may need additional fungicides. Please consult the Southeastern US Vegetable Crop Handbook for additional recommendations.