12 March 1999
Disease forecasting for potatoes

Question

WHAT are the advantages of disease forecasting systems – for example, for potatoes – and how are they best used?

Response

Debbie Beaton, Crops magazine

Answer

BY forecasting conditions suitable for the development of blight, growers have the opportunity to target their fungicide applications – amount and timing – more appropriately.

Intervals of fungicide application could perhaps be widened if growers were able to determine more accurately when plants were at risk from blight development.