Vegetable trials at the station were a real trial this year. Rain totals for the summer were over 37 inches. The heat and humidity were conducive to a range of diseases and strange physiological problems. Tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers were prone to many undiagnosed spots, lesions, and steaks, not including those identified diseases
This is the first year we have ever seen so much rust in sweet corn, that when we picked the corn we were covered with rust “dust”. One of our volunteers was walking around with a rusty, red nose.
However, we did find many of the vegetables we were trialing performed quite well, the fruit was very flavorful, and productive. We did need a machete to cut our way through the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin vines, but the insects seemed to be fewer than in past years.