Monday, May 18, 2015

Warm and wet weekend

Winchester area received a series of rain over the weekend, and it looks like we may see more coming in the next few days.  There were three days of low and moderate Phomopsis infection risk events over the weekend.  Also, humid and warm nights can promote development of downy mildew spores. 

At this time of the season, what we typically recommend is either mancozeb or captan mixed with sulfur to protect young shoots and leaves.  The reason why I typically do not recommend a use of newer materials such as Revus or Phosphite for downy or Luna or Rally for powdery is because we want to keep it for the critical time for cluster infection, which is from bloom to 4-5 weeks after bloom.  If this warm temperature continues, the bloom may comes soon, though!!

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