[Market-farming] squash virus

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Tue Oct 17 09:45:28 EDT 2006

Viruses are usually transmitted to plants by flying insects, most often 
aphids. Rotation will not help because they are not soil-borne. There is the 
possibility of seed-borne virus if you save seed or if the seedsmen isn't 
careful. Using spun-bonded row tunnels can exclude these insects until 
flowering time, when the tunnels should be removed to allow bees in for 
pollination. Making successive plantings using the tunnels can keep you in 
the squash harvest through the season. It's a lot of work but viruses are a 
difficult challenge.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center

 >I had that squash virus this year,
> so I had to change next year's rotation around to get the squash as far as
> possible from where it was planted this year (like the other side of the
> farm!).

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