Late Blight Makes An Appearance
Late blight was recently detected in Central Pennsylvania - one week earlier than it was last year in the region - and a Penn State Cooperative Extension educator is worried the area and others are in store for a repeat of last year's
June 21, 2010
Tom Ford, a Penn State Cooperative Extension agent covering Cambria and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania, responded to a call at a community garden in Blair County earlier this month.
According to the Tribune-Democrat, Ford confirmed 50 to 75 tomato plants were infected with late blight.
"I am actually very worried at this point," Ford told the Tribune-Democrat. "If it gets warm and dry we may be OK, but these little cold fronts are especially bad for Cambria and Somerset because of the mountain areas.
"It's just a matter of time before we see more."
Late blight-infected plants were traced to a retail greenhouse in Somerset County, creating concern that many gardeners in Cambria County may have some of the infected plants, Ford says. Penn State officials are not identifying the Somerset business that sold the infected plants.
Read the full Tribune-Democrat story here.