August 11, 2009. Late blight continues to rear its ugly head in Connecticut farms and gardens, according to a recent report in the Norwich Bulletin. Because of the high risk of this windborne fungus spreading from location to location, I check my tomato plants daily. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology posted images of CT grown tomatoes with late blight. For images of all types of tomato disease, visit Cornell University’s Vegetable MD Online.
My Roma tomatoes (left) are just beginning to ripen but my Pruden’s Purple (right) still have a way to go before they achieve full vine-ripened goodness. I’m prepared, though, to pull – and burn – each and every plant at the first sign of late blight. I cross my fingers every morning as I approach the vegetable garden for inspection. So far so good for my tomatoes, but I feel for the many farmers and gardeners who have lost tomatoes and potatoes to late blight this year.
For more info on late blight, check out my previous posts, accessible by clicking late blight under the tags list in the right sidebar.