Guy Bernard1, Dr. Lien Chow2 and Alexander Perley3
Abstract: A Blight-Alert network consisting of a total of 32 weather stations was established in the province in early June of 1998. 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 dialling a toll-free telephone line. Messages were updated daily, six days per week. There were 696 enquiries on our toll-free line during the 1998 season. This information allowed potato producers to make informed decisions regarding spray schedules and disease prevention. Conditions were not particularly favourable for disease dissemination, and there were few losses to Late Blight in 1998.
1NBDARD, Wicklow, NB
2Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton, NB
3Potato and Horticulture Branch, NBDARD, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1