Late Blight Update

The late blight collected from potato in Portage County on Friday July 18, 2014 is of the US-8 genotype/strain.

This type is resistant to mefenoxam/metalaxyl fungicides (ie: Ridomil) and is an A2 mating type.

While all other Phytophthora infestans genotypes from the U.S. in 2014, so far, have been US-23, the US-8 type predominated in the 1990’s and was found in Portage County in 2013.

US-8 is known to infect both tomato and potato (much like the US-23 genotype).

At this time, it is important for potatoes and tomatoes in the Portage County area (plus roughly 50 miles radius) to be preventively managing late blight with effective fungicides. Anti-sporulant fungicides are particularly useful at this time. A 5- to 7-day spray interval is recommended. For production further away from this site, a 7 day program should be appropriate.

There is rain in the forecast for Tues for parts of the state – and then more precipitation forecasted for the week’s end.