Leaf spots were reported in spinach and other greens this past week. Growers should remain diligent and scout on a regular basis. With the dry weather expected over the next week, any use of overhead irrigation will help spread potential disease. Growers should apply preventative fungicides in advance of any disease developement or use of overhead irrigation.
Rhizoctonia was found in strawberry this past week. Rhizoctonia tends to show up during dryer weather periods usually on stressed plants. In general, the longer transplants sit in the ground without getting established and putting on any new growth the more susceptible they become to pathogens such as Rhizoctonia. Abound (azoxystrobin, 11) at 6.0 to 15.5 fl oz as a foliar application, or 0.40 to 0.80 fl oz/1000 ft row has a broad label for Rhizoctonia suppression across many crops. Abound will also help control pathogens such as anthracnose fruit rot, leaf spots, and powdery mildew in strawberry.