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Late Blight Confirmed in Midwest Potato Fields

August 10, 2018
This agronomic image shows late blight in potatoes

Late blight has been confirmed in potato fields in IL and WI. The infections were reported on the Syngenta late blight hotline on August 10th by Dr. Jaime Willbur of Michigan State University.

No late blight has been reported in MI, but cool and wet conditions in the southern and eastern parts of the state put potato fields at high risk. Dr. Willbur recommends intense scouting to identify infections early. The first symptoms of the disease are small, light-to-dark green, circular or irregular shaped water-soaked spots and usually first appear on the lower leaves. Hear Dr. Willbur’s recent update below:

Late blight thrives under cool, wet weather. The disease cycle may be interrupted during a dry spell, but will progress when damp weather returns. Orondis® Opti fungicide has activity against Phytophthora infestans, the late blight-causing pathogen Dr. Willbur references in the alert. With 2 powerful active ingredients, oxathiapiprolin and chlorothalonil, Orondis Opti provides excellent control of late blight.

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