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Mummy berry infections Wed. May 14 and Thurs. May 15

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Knox, Lincoln, Waldo counties

Growers reported only finding dried up cups on Tuesday May 13th in their mummy berry plots.  I do not think the cups were done at that time in most fields since there is a range of when cups develop and I expect there were lingering cups around.  There were infection periods in some fields over Wednesday night into Thursday, please see the chart below.  I expect most cups will be done by Friday May 16th evening with this warm weather.   I don’t expect most areas to have infection periods occurring this weekend.  If you have a wet, late field you may still experience mummy berry infections this weekend.

Hancock and Washington counties

There were still active cups and some pinheads found in fields in the barrens on Tuesday.   Infection periods did occur in these areas over Thursday night.  I expect the cups will be around this weekend in these areas.   I expect the Blue Hill and  Ellsworth area will also be finishing up with cups this weekend. 

Infection periods and fungicide applications

In those areas where there was an infection period starting Wed. May 14th , if you have applied fungicide on or after Wed. May 7th your plants were protected  and  you have until the evening of  Saturday May 17th,  in most areas to apply fungicides to kill any infection. 

In those areas where there was an infection period starting Thursday May 15th , if you have applied fungicide on or after Thurs. May 8th your plants were protected  and  you have until the evening of  Sunday May 18th,  in most areas to apply fungicides to kill any infection.

If you would be applying a second application of propiconazole, it would be a good idea to switch to a different fungicide with a different mode of action to help prevent resistance to propiconazole developing in your field (Please see the 2014 fungicide chart).   Other fungicides should be applied as protectants and before infection periods occur.

 

Location 2014 Infeciton period start Wed May 14 Infection period start Thurs. May 15 Mummy berry plot Mummy berry development
Dresden Mills  9:40pm borderline 7:40pm No n/a
West Rockport 9pm 7:40pm Yes dried up cups
Appleton 7:40pm  7pm Yes dried up cups
Belfast  about 9pm  none no n/a
Sedgewick station  down (probably had infection period)  9:20pm no n/a
North Ellsworth 10:20pm  9pm Yes ?
Eastbrook/Waltham none 11pm borderline Yes cups
Deblois station  down station down Yes cups
Cherryfield none none Yes cups
Jonesboro none 7:30pm Yes cups/pinhead
Wesley  none 11:20pm borderline Yes cups
East Machias/Whiting none none Yes cups

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