Last summer a common call to the extension office dealt with tomato problems. Tomatoes dying seemed to be a common theme throughout the area for home gardeners. Now, we are facing the same thing this year.
On May 27, Dr. Kenny Seebold, University of Kentucky plant pathologist, confirmed a case of late blight on tomatoes from a home garden in the Northern Kentucky area. Since that first report, he has confirmed late blight cases in Fayette, Clark, Madison and now in a field location in Marion County, and it’s likely that there are more. In most years, we expect to see very little of this disease and only then at the end of the summer.
This is the second year in a row that this devastating disease of tomato has appeared earlier than expected. The main reason is that late blight has been confirmed on transplants that were for sale coming from the Michigan area. We need to be on guard and take preventative actions which is the key to controlling late blight. A regular fungicide spray schedule is the answer to late blight control.