Blackleg heavy in parts of Manitoba

Cross section of stem with basal blackleg lesion. Source: Anastasia Kubinec

Growers are encouraged to check maturing crop for blackleg infection. It’s too late for fungicide to provide any benefit, but checking now can help plan for next year. Try to figure out why blackleg is worse than usual. It could be tight rotation. It could be use of a less resistant variety. Take steps to avoid that situation next time. Click here for more on blackleg management.