Potato blight threatens crops in Northern Maine

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Potato blight threatens crops in Northern Maine
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15 Aug 08 - Potato growers in Aroostook County have dealt with record snowfall, flooding, above average summer rainfall and now their crops are being threatened by potato late blight.

Officials with the Maine Potato Board say that excess rainfall is creating ideal conditions for the late blight to form.

Late blight is a spore-based disease that attacks the foliage of vegetable plants and can quickly spread into the ground. It thrives in moist conditions.

Farmers said it has rained 9 of the last 13 days in Aroostook County.

Flooding is also a problem. Crop specialist Jim Dwyer said in many cases potatoes are drowning in the fields before they can be harvested.

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