Controlling the Crown Rot Phase of Pepper Phytophthora Blight

Andy Wyenandt, Assistant Extension Specialist in Vegetable Pathology, Rutgers University;

To control the crown rot phase of Phytophthora blight in pepper apply 1.0 pt Ridomil Gold 4E/A or 1.0 qt Ultra Flourish 2E/A (mefenoxam, 4), or MetaStar metalaxyl, (4) at 4.0 to 8.0 pt 2E/A. Apply broadcast prior to planting or in a 12-16 inch band over the row before or after transplanting. Make two additional post planting directed applications with 1 pint/A Ridomil Gold 4E or 1 qt/A Ultra Flourish 2E to 6 to 10 inches of soil on either side of the plants at 30-day intervals. Use the formula “Calibration for Changing from Broadcast to Band Application” on page E6 in the Pest Management Section of the Delaware Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations to determine amount of Ridomil Gold needed per acre when band applications are made. When using polyethylene mulch, apply Ridomil Gold 4E at the above rates and timing by injection through the trickle irrigation system. Dilute Ridomil Gold 4E prior to injecting to prevent damage to the injector pump.

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