Vermont’s record-breaking wet spring is causing a new concern for home gardeners and commercial growers. Agriculture officials say the plant disease known as ‘late blight’ is a potential threat to this season’s crops.
Resources: Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture
Resources: UVM’s Master Gardener Program
There’s a warning for gardeners
to be on the lookout for a disease that spreads and kills quickly. In fact, last
year many people lost all of their tomatoes and some potatoes due to an
outbreak of late blight.
experts are warning farmers and backyard gardeners to guard against a fungus
that has the potential to wipe out tomato and potato crops across the region. The
disease is known as "late blight," and it’s what led to the Irish potato famine
at the middle of the 19th century.