Canada: Managing late blight

Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says increased awareness in both the industry and the public has led to a greater effort to monitor fields, gardens and greenhouses in order to protect crops from late blight, as well as a quicker response to any perceived infections. He says it is recommended that all growers of potato or tomato (commercial or home garden) take specific steps to prevent the carryover of disease into future years, as a number of valuable crop industries in Alberta could be impacted by repeated outbreaks. More information on late blight, including the Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes--Frequently Asked Questions factsheet, is posted on Alberta Agriculture’s website. Click to hear what Spencer has to say.

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