2nd Monilinia Blight Update

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 16th, 2013

The Monilinia Blight line is brought to you by the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia and Perennia, along with Delbridge Disease Management.

I just want to remind everyone about Monilinia blight and the importance of timing controls with Fruit bud stage and infection periods.  Fruit buds aren't able to be infected until they reach the F2 stage and when there is a wet period long enough to allow for an infection period.  Refer to this factsheet to as a resource http://nsac.ca/wildblue/facts/disease/monilini.asp

It has been a cold and damp spring so far and plant development is well behind last year.  Many fields still have snow patches in them and field access might still be a concern in some higher altitude fields.

I received reports from several parts of the Province, but fruit bud development is still slow

Annapolis county - 0% F2
Sable River - 0% F2
Queens - 12% F2 (no cup development)

Glenmore - 0% F2

Tatamagouche area - 0% F2

It is important to know that temperatures are forecasted to rise over the next few days. Many growers should start looking at their fields to see if your fruit buds are starting to develop.

No other areas in the province are reporting yet.

The next blightline update will be Friday, April 19th in the late afternoon.

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