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Local garden centers struggle to keep fungicides in stock

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Beth Wheelock
August 18, 2009

Rock County garden centers are struggling to keep fungicide in stock as gardeners try to save their tomatoes from late blight.


Mike Maddox, Horticulture Educator with Rock County's University of Wisconsin-Extension, says products containing copper are common remedies for homeowners' use. Commercial crops have a wider selection of fungicides available. Maddox has received numerous phone calls about late blight. He has a desk with bags of rotten tomatoes waiting to be identified with late blight. He says it looks like they all have late blight.


The fungus attacking potatoes and tomatoes is similar to the cause of the Irish Potato Famine of the 19th century.


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