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NDSU Activates Small Grain, Potato Hotlines

NDSU Activates Small Grain, Potato Hotlines

Disease forecasts and control recommendations are available on websites and by phone.

The North Dakota State University small grain disease forecasting site is now activated for the season. The web site also is mobile friendly and is easily used via a smartphone.

This internet site provides information on the risk of infection of tan spot, Septoria blotch and leaf rust throughout the growth stages of the crop: The site also provides information on the risk of Fusarium head blight risk at flowering stages of wheat.

The risk information is based on weather conditions associated with the NDAWN weather network locations.

Pick the weather station closest to your fields, the growth stage of the crop and then click on get forecast.

NDSU Activates Small Grain, Potato Hotlines

The forecasts are also summarized in a recorded update from any touch-tone phone, at 1-888-248-7382 or 701-231-6601 in Fargo area.

Weekly commentary on the disease risks will be provided on the website or via telephone by Marcia McMullen, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, NDSU.

Potato Blightline
The NDSU Plant Pathology Department has activated the Potato Blightline.

The hotline uses weather data collected from weather stations throughout our area to forecast the occurrence and spread of late blight in 15 non-irrigated and 12 irrigated production areas in North Dakota and western Minnesota.

The forecast information is used by plant pathologists Gary Secor and Neil Gudmestad to make late blight management and fungicide recommendations. The recommendations are made Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week during the growing season.

The Blightline will also be used to confirm reported late blight sightings and serve as clearing house for national late blight information.

The Blightline recommendations can be accessed by phone. Call 888-482-7286.

Sources: NDSU

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