Blight devastates Connecticut tomato crop
Connecticut agriculture officials say late blight has devastated tomato crops across the state this year.
Jude Boucher, an educator with the University of Connecticut's Cooperative Extension System, says commercial growers have lost 25 to 50 percent of their tomato crops and have resorted to spraying powerful chemicals. Organic farmers appear to have been wiped out.
Officials say only cherry and plum tomatoes are surviving long enough to ripen, while some of the state's potato crop is threatened. Officials have linked the blight to seedlings shipped to stores from southern greenhouses.
Boucher says the blight stretches from Northeast states into Canada, and recommends that home gardeners remove diseased plants to prevent blight from returning.