Current Late Blight Risk In Ontario Field Tomatoes

on October 2 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on Current Late Blight Risk In Ontario Field Tomatoes

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 bySpornado traps at 1 of 8 sites for the August 22-26 sampling period (Table 1).
Rotorod traps detected spores of P. infestans at 7 of 8 sites for the August 19-22 sampling period and 0 of 8 sites for the August 22-26 sampling period (Table 1).

Aug 28.2019 LB Spore Trap results table

Table 1. Number of sites out of eight (8) in Kent County, with a positive detection forPhythophthora infestans, the organism that causes late blight.
* first sampling period with a positive detection for late blight.
– data currently unavailable

Late blight symptoms have been confirmed on a few potato plants in Norfolk County.

Late blight caused by the US-23 genotype has been observed in Wisconsin on potato and in New York and Pennsylvania on tomato and potato, but there are no reports of symptoms on any crops in 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.tracey@ontario.ca, 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.

Links to previous late blight posts from the 2019 season: June 20July 10July 20August 7, August 14, August 21.

Pin It

Comments are closed.

«

Scroll to top