Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tomato Blight

"A highly contagious fungus that destroys tomato plants has quickly spread to nearly every state in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic, and the weather over the next week may determine whether the outbreak abates or whether tomato crops are ruined, according to federal and state agriculture officials."

I'm using this picture from the New York Times, I hope crediting it's source is helping me avoid a copyright violation? The entire article is here.

My tomatoes turned ripe before blighting, and I originally thought it was blossom end rot, as I've never before experienced this blight situation. Not in the past 36 years of gradening.

Dang it has decimated the 200 plants I planted, at least 60% are now gone.

I planted all my plants from seed, but I'd ordered seed potatoes only to learn, "There are two strains of late blight — tomato and potato — but the illness can jump from one species to the other. It is highly contagious: A single open lesion on a plant can produce hundreds of thousands of infectious spores."

And from another newspaper, "Mountain tomato growers are on high alert after an outbreak of late blight occurred in the Northeast and Georgia."

This sucks.