Pests and Diseases, Production/Agronomy

US: Expert urges growers to be vigilant against late blight in the coming season

According to potato expert Dr Phil Nolte, the 2014 season will be remembered as one of the worst for potato late blight in recent memory. Almost all of the potato production regions in the U.S. received several lengthy periods of weather that were ideal for late blight development. We even had the disease occur in the high desert production regions of Idaho this year, which is something that does not normally happen, he says. We scrambled to get the crop treated in the field, kill the vines, and get the crop harvested. Now that potatoes are securely put away in storage, we can relax, right? Well … not really, according to Dr Nolte.

Source: www.growingproduce.com

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