Bacterial spot disease continues to be a significant problem for tomato and pepper in southwest Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. It has flared in susceptible varieties due to the few rain events that have occurred.
Non-resistance pepper looks rough in most fields.
Respondents in Homestead, Florida, indicate that disease pressure is widespread. It is starting to impact younger plantings, while remaining moderate to high in older tomato and susceptible pepper varieties.
Symptoms include small, water-soaked greasy spots on infected leaflets. Distinct spots with or without yellowing can occur on tomatoes. Fruit spots begin as dark specks with or without a white halo.
Sanitation is an important management option. Crop volunteers and solanaceous weeds should be destroyed between crops. Growers also need to purchase only certified disease-free transplants or seed.
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