Guy Bernard1, Dr. Lien Chow2 and Alexander Perley3
Abstract: A Blight-Alert network consisting of a total of 33 weather stations was established in the province during the month of June 1996. Growers were able to learn about the relative danger of infection and Late Blight incidence in their region through daily broadcast on local radio stations or by dialing a toll-free telephone line. Messages were updated daily, six days per week. There were as many as 867 enquiries on our toll-free line during the month of August alone. This information allowed potato producers to make informed decisions regarding spray schedules and disease prevention. In spite of ideal conditions for disease dissemination, there were few losses to Late Blight in 1996.
1Potato & Horticulture Branch, NBDARD, Florenceville, NB E7L 3S4
2Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton, NB E3B 9H8
3Potato & Horticulture Branch, NBDARD, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1