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|What is MELCAST?
MELCAST is a system whereby melon growers can determine the best time to apply fungicides. The MELCAST system uses scientific and localized weather data to determine when fungicide applications are best made. Melcast Update (this web page) is intended to help muskmelon and watermelon growers keep track of daily MELCAST EFI (Environmental Favorability Index) values that are calculated for several state locations. Each issue highlights current disease problems and melon management concerns. You should choose a MELCAST Station closest to your melon operation to obtain daily EFI values:
For More Information:
See these MELCAST publications for more information:
BP-64-W MELCAST: Melon Disease Forecaster (PDF - 939K)
BP-67 Foliar Disease Control Using MELCAST (PDF - 625K)
Download the PDF MelCast Record Sheet
Download the Free MELCAST Recordbook:
We have created an Excel version of the MELCAST pocket record book. This Excel spreadsheet helps growers keep track of MELCAST EFI values as they accumulate during the growing season, sprays made, and indicates when you are nearing spray thresholds.
Click here to download the free Excel MELCAST Recordbook (141 KB) - Updated 5/6/2005
To use, double-click on the downloaded file and choose "Enable Macros".
Windows Users: if you get a message that the "macros in this workbook are disabled because the security level is high or have not been digitally signed or verified to be safe" then follow these directions:
Follow instructions on the "Help" page to start using the MELCAST recordbook. We'd appreciate any feedback.
Ask About Setting Up a New MELCAST Location:
Please select a Melcast station above to view current EFI values.
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