By: Amanda Tracey, Vegetable Crops Specialist, OMAFRA, Ridgetown and Cheryl Trueman, Department of Plant Agriculture, Ridgetown Campus – University of Guelph
As mentioned in a previous post, this is Year 1 of a three-year research project to assess the value of different spore traps and forecasting models to predict late blight risk for field tomatoes. We are comparing the Spornado and rotorod spore traps at eight sites in Kent County (Fig. 1), along with the BliteCast forecasting model.
DNA of Phytophthora infestans, the organism that causes late blight, was detected by Spornado traps at 1 of 8 sites for the July 15-18 sampling period, 4 of 8 sites for the July 18-22 sampling period, 7 of 8 sites for the July 25-29 sampling period, 2 of 8 sites for the July 29-August 1 sampling period, 2 of 8 sites for the August 1-5 sampling period and 3 of 8 sites for the August 8-12 sampling period.
Rotorod traps detected spores of P. infestans at 1 of 8 sites for the July 22-25 sampling period, 2 of 8 sites for the July 29-August 1 sampling period, 1 of 8 sites for the August 1-5 sampling period and 5 of 8 sites for the August 5-8 sampling period.
Late blight symptoms caused by the US-23 genotype have been observed in New York and Wisconsin on potato. More recently, there has been a report of late blight in Pennsylvania on tomato, but there are no reports of symptoms on any crops in Ontario or Michigan.
A summary of fungicides for late blight management is available here.
If you suspect late blight in your tomato crop, please reach out to Amanda Tracey (Amanda.email@example.com, 519-350-7134) to confirm the diagnosis. Cheryl is away on parental leave and will not be available for the remainder of the growing season.
Project collaborators: Tomecek Agronomic Services, Sporometrics, Phytodata, and Genevieve Marchand (AAFC).
Funding acknowledgement: Ontario Tomato Research Institute, Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario, and the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance.