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Blightline August 17, 2017

Blightline August 17, 2017

Additional late blight was reported yesterday from the rural municipality of Stanley in southern Manitoba. With the recent lingering cool and wet weather, all producers should be on the lookout for late blight and be applying fungicides. Remember the NPPGA field day next week on Thursday August 24 at Larimore, Inkster and Hoople.

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Blightline August 16, 2017

Blightline August 16, 2017

Additional late blight has been confirmed near Inkster, ND and Perham, MN since the last report on Thursday August 14. We have had many questions from producers and consultants, and producers are actively applying fungicides for late blight protection. We recommend that all growers continue to scout potato fields for late blight. Growers in areas where late blight is present should apply a specialty fungicide with strong activity against late blight, such as Orondis, Revus Top or Ranman, Omega or Gavel on a five to seven day schedule. Curzate is recommended after a rain because it will kill late blight infections that are less than two days old.

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Blightline August 14, 2017

Blightline August 14, 2017

No additional late blight has been reported since the last report on Thursday August 10. We have had many questions from producers and consultants, and most growers are actively applying fungicides for late blight protection. We recommend that all growers continue to scout potato fields for late blight. Growers in areas where late blight is present should apply a specialty fungicide with strong activity against late blight, such as Orondis, Revus Top or Ranman, Omega or Gavel on a five to seven day schedule. Curzate is recommended after a rain because it will kill late blight infections that are less than two days old.

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Aphid Alert Aug 11

Aphid Alert Aug 11

Three locations topped 3 figures in vector counts this week (Ada at 217, Brooks at 173, and Humboldt at 205). The Humboldt site had a particularly high catch this week so if you're in the northern Valley, the aphids they are a movin'. Cereal aphids are starting to move out of grains and are being recorded in traps at high number, especially corn leaf aphids which are the most common vector species recovered from traps this year. Also numerous this week were soybean aphids, with a major trap catches in the northern RRV.

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Blightline August 10, 2017

Blightline August 10, 2017

Late blight has been confirmed in a commercial potato field in Benton County, MN north of Rice. Late blight has also been confirmed in potatoes in the Rural Municipality of Norfolk-Treherne in South Central Manitoba. We recommend to thoroughly scout all potato fields in these areas for late blight.

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Aphid Alert - 9 Aug 17

Aphid Alert - 9 Aug 17

This is officially a high aphid year! PVY Vector Risk INdex values are much higher than last year's totals at almost all locations. With the increasing numbers of vectors, we strongly recommend scouting and the use of crop oils. Anti-feeding insecticides should be applied if required. We continue to see high aphid numbers as well as an increasing PVY risk index. High capture numbers are widespread across the region with 11 of 16 trap locations reporting close to or over 100 aphid vectors.

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Blightline August 3, 2017

Blightline August 3, 2017

Late blight has been confirmed in two commercial potato fields southeast of Perham in Ottertail County, MN. Late blight has also been reported near Veseleyville in Walsh County. We recommend that all potato fields in these areas should be thoroughly scouted for the presence of late blight. Growers in areas where late blight is present should apply a specialty fungicide with strong activity against late blight, such as Orondis, Revus Top or Ranman, Omega or Gavel. Curzate is recommended after a rain because it will kill late blight infections that are less than two days old.

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Blightline July 31, 2017

Blightline July 31, 2017

Late blight has been confirmed in a commercial potato field in Pembina County, ND. The genotype is US23. Additional late blight has been reported in Walsh County, ND and Nelson County, ND. Because of the widespread findings of late blight, we recommend that all potato fields in northeastern ND should be thoroughly scouted for the presence of late blight. Growers in areas where late blight is present should apply a specialty fungicide with strong activity against late blight, such as Orondis, Revus Top or Ranman, Omega or Gavel.

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Aphid Alert

Aphid Alert

Trap catch did vary slightly this week. Vector numbers were up at Brooks (81), Gully (35), Moran (25), McVille (84), Hoople (92), Staples (39) and Humboldt (183) vectors. This year continues to be a very high vector year. Soybean aphids are still on the rise throughout much of MN. Some of these populations continue to show pyrethroid resistance. Due to another week of high vector catch numbers, crop oils are again highly recommended

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Late Blight Confirmed in North Dakota

Late Blight Confirmed in North Dakota

Late blight was confirmed in a potato sample on Thursday July 27 from Pembina County, North Dakota. The genotype is not yet known. Conditions have been favorable for late blight spread and infection, and growers in this area should apply a late blight specialty fungicide immediately. All growers in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota should scout potato fields for late blight and be ready to apply late blight fungicides.

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