Late blight (US-23) has been found on two tomato fields near Chester and Long Valley in Morris County, New Jersey. This is the first report of late blight in the state and region to date. All tomato (and potato) growers should immediately scout their fields looking for the diagnostic symptoms of the disease on leaves (Fig. 1) and/or fruit (Fig. 2). Tomato growers (and potato) who have not initiated a regular weekly protectant fungicide program should do so. The prolonged, wet weather we have experienced and are expected to have this week are ideal conditions for late blight development. For more information on the control of late blight on tomato and potato please see the 2015 Commercial Fungicide Recommendations Guide.
July 6, 2015