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Published July 01, 2010, 03:47 PM

2 crop diseases pop up earlier than usual in Ohio

WOOSTER, Ohio — Agriculture experts are warning Ohio farmers and gardeners about two destructive crop diseases that have popped up early in the state.

WOOSTER, Ohio — Agriculture experts are warning Ohio farmers and gardeners about two destructive crop diseases that have popped up early in the state.

Downy mildew and late blight both have the potential to kill off tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers and squash. Officials say downy mildew was confirmed June 23 on cucumbers growing in northeast Ohio’s Wayne and Holmes counties. Late blight was discovered at about the same time on tomatoes on a farm in Harrison County on the state’s far east side.

In a statement, Ohio State University Extension vegetable pathologist Sally Miller says the diseases tend to show up later in the season. It’s believed their spores were spread with help from recent storms.

Growers are being advised to protect their plants with fungicides.

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