Valdensinia and weather update

Monday, June 18, 2012

Paul Hildebrand sent along a note today, on Valdensinia and how it is developing this year.

"On Friday (June 15) Valdensinia leaf spot was beginning to cause minor leaf loss on Westchester Mountain.  The disease was first observed several weeks ago (May 25) for the first time this year, but the relatively dry weather has prevented it from becoming a problem.  Should the weather turn wet for several days, the disease likely will intensify."

The dry conditions are certainly helping with the reduction in disease severity, however there is some concern over water shortages.

The AAFC map below shows the departure from average precipitation since April 1st. As you can see Central NS has received about 100 fewer mm of rain than the average year.