|Posted on July 20, 2015 at 9:40 PM|
Late blight was detected in Buncumbe County NC in the afternoon of July 10, 2015. This is the first report of late blight on tomato in North Carolina and in the southern region since January. The samples have not been confirmed by the clinic nor registered with the USAblight.org program yet; this will be done first thing next week. However, there is no doubt that it is late blight. The late blight pathogen can travel long distances from one county to another and from one state to another. Therefore, it is critical that growers and industry personnel actively scout their fields. If suspect samples are found they should be sent to the local extension office or contact your local cooperative extension agent for diagnosis through the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic.