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Veraison Impacts on Grapevine Diseases

For grapevines in Iowa, it is the start of veraison, the onset of ripening in grapes. With the weather conditions in Iowa this past year, veraison can influence the severity of certain grape diseases. During veraison, grapes soften and begin to change color, which can make them more susceptible to infections. Here’s how veraison can impact six of the most common grape diseases we see in Iowa.

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Managing Blossom End Rot in Tomatoes and Peppers

Many commercial growers and home gardeners often confront the issue of Blossom End Rot (BER) in their tomato, pepper, and eggplant. The BER is a physiological disorder caused by a localized calcium deficiency in the blossom-end of the fruit. It is a physiological disorder and is not caused by fungi, bacteria, or any other living disease microorganisms. Also, BER could also be seen on non-solanaceous crops such as pumpkins, squash, and watermelons.