Updates to the five-day potato late blight forecast and Twitter page for Michigan

Several enhancements make it easier to keep track of important information on potato late blight by using the website and Twitter.

The disease-forecasting model that generates accurate predictions of late blight risk up to five days in the future now has a page to compare all national weather service stations at once. The new model is available on the late blight website by clicking on the “5-Day Forecast” link in the menu on the left on the home page.

In addition, the Twitter updates can be seen on the pages as they are posted. The Twitter addition to the late blight disease-forecasting site in 2010 proved popular. Growers and other stakeholders have the ability to keep track of important news on late blight in Michigan using Twitter. To follow the late blight site on Twitter, click on the “Follow us on Twitter” button on the home page.

The disease-forecasting models were developed with funding from Michigan State University’s Project GREEEN, Michigan Potato Industry Commission, USDA (RAMP), the North Central IPM program, the Plant Pathology Department at MSU and the US Agrochemical Industry.

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