Late blight confirmed in tomato in Essex County

Early foliar symptoms of late blightLate blight has been confirmed on tomatoes in Essex County and on potatoes in the Orangeville area.

Recent weather has been conducive to the development and spread of late blight.  Commercial growers should scout often and ensure they are using fungicides with good late blight activity in their fungicide program.  When late blight is in the area, spray intervals should be shortened.

Know the symptoms. See the Tomato Late Blight Photo Gallery and refer to Late Blight Look-Alikes for photos of late blight and possible look-alikes on tomato.

See the late blight post from June 24 for fungicide recommendations for tomatoes in Ontario. Information for potato growers can be found in the July 13 post.

Contact OMAFRA at 519-674-1690 or janice.leboeuf@ontario.ca if you suspect you have found late blight on tomato in Ontario.

Identifications of late blight genotypes for Ontario are provided by L. Kawchuk, AAFC Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

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