Warm summer brings blights, early harvests to growers

Just when gardeners and farmers in Connecticut thought they were safe from late blight, an infected tomato plant was found in an garden in Chesire, according to Sharon Douglass, pathologist at the CT Ag Experiment Station in New Haven. Click here to view a map from USPest.org to see if there is a risk of tomato blight in your area. If your region is affected, read these resources from Cornell.

And the tomato's perfect summery partner, basil, may also be threatened. The so-called "basil blight," or fungal disease or mildew has attacked basil plants in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida and select other locations reported by local growers or farmers.  Listen to this story on NPR about the basil blight and learn about the proper precautions if it's found in your own garden:


The warm weather - thank you, global warming - is also being viewed as a blessing for farmers, who seem to be harvesting crops earlier than ever. At Maple Bank Farm in Roxbury, Howie and Cathy Bronson are already harvest corn and potatoes, according to an article in the Republican American. The report also suggests some crops are three weeks ahead of schedule, keeping farmers very busy. Even more reason to go to your local farmers' market - more variety, earlier!