Late Blight is found in Wisconsin

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Stan Stricker
August 7, 2009

State agricultural officials are putting out an alert about "Late Blight".

Rock County UW-Extension Crops and Soils agent Jim Stute says the disease has been found in private gardens in southern Wisconsin. The disease is a fungal infection like the one causing the Irish Potato Famine of the mid 19th Century. State officials hope to prevent commercial potato operations from being impacted. It also affects tomatoes and egg plant. Stute says the entire leaf of the plant is affected.

He suggests any gardener who finds plants infected, put them in a plastic bag for disposal.

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