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Mummy berry season starting

We have found apothecia (cups) in the Waldoboro field with a weather station. The plant flower buds were just starting and so they were not at 30 to 40% F2.  I do not think there is likely to be an infection period with the rain forecasted for Wednesday, April 25 to Thursday, April 26 this week.  […]

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Mummy berry season is starting: WARNING on Propiconazole

Mummy berry season is starting. We have found pinheads in a Waldoboro field.  Some flowers buds were starting to swell.  With the warmer weather, the plants and fungus will be starting to move along. We have started to put up weather stations and hope to have all of our stations in the midcoast area set […]

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Now is the time to set out mummy berry plots for 2018

Now is the time to collect mummy berries to put out your own plot.  It is easy to set out plots and it will provide you with valuable information next spring on when the fungus is active in your field.  You will need to look at the plot in the spring about two times a […]

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Botrytis risk, Wednesday, May 31 to Thursday, June 1

Mummy Berry Mummy berry symptoms are still appearing in many fields.  IF you have both dead leaves and flowers and see the grey masses of spores at the base of the flowers and leaves you have mummy berry. Botrytis I have not heard of any Botrytis reported yet this year. Symptoms include dead flowers with […]

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Botrytis risk from Thursday, May 25 to Friday, May 26

Mummy Berry Mummy berry symptoms have appeared in many growers fields.  You may be finding both dead flowers and leaves on your plants.  If it looks like the flowers did not open before they died, the flowers were probably killed by mummy berry. You can see grey masses of spores at the base of the […]

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Potential Frost Damage from morning of Sunday, May 21

We had below freezing (32ºF) temperatures in some fields in the early morning of Sunday, May 21.  Depending upon the stage of bloom, your plants may have experienced some frost damage.  Below are the temperatures reported at our weather stations.  These are a single point in a field and can only suggest what the conditions […]

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Mummy berry season over in most areas

Everyone I have heard from reports no viable cups in their fields in the barrens. In most areas, mummy berry season is over for this year. If you have symptoms appearing on your plants, some of the spores from those infected tissues will infect healthy flowers and cause mummified fruit (mummy berries) at harvest.  These […]

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Time to look for Botrytis blossom blight in your fields

Botrytis I have not heard any reports of Botrytis blossom blight this year so far.   Where Botrytis infection is found in a given year is highly variable and dependent upon local inoculum in the field.  In most fields, this varies every year.  Fields with very heavy damage in a crop field one crop cycle may […]

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Mummy berry report for Monday May 15

Midcoast The cups should be done in all of the midcoast areas.  It is time to look for Botrytis infections in your blossoms in your earlier blooming clones. Downeast Many locations reported a few cups still present on Friday. By Monday some of those locations reported only dried up cups. There was weather to cause […]

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Mummy Berry Infection period from Thursday, May 11 to Friday, May 12

Midcoast We had another infection period overnight from Thursday, May 11 to Friday, May 12.  I think this may have caused some infection in some fields in the midcoast region. I suspect the cups will be done this weekend with the warmer weather. Downeast These fields also had an infection period.  I do think there […]

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