Tomato Bacterial Spot and Speck

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist;

Tomato transplants with suspected bacterial spot or speck symptoms can be treated with streptomycin (Agri-Mycin 17, Agri-Strep, 25) at 1 lb/100 gallons, or 1.25 teaspoon per gallon every 4 to 5 days prior to transplanting. Additionally, Kocide 3000 (copper hydroxide, FRAC code M1), the updated formulation from DuPont, has a greenhouse label for speck and spot control in the greenhouse. Apply 0.5 to 1.5 tablespoons per 1000 sq ft every 5 to 10 days. Remember, phytoxicity is an important issue when applying copper in enclosed structures; see label for cautions, restrictions and liabilities.

After transplanting, apply Actigard at 0.33 oz 50WG/A (see label for use), or fixed copper (M1) at 1 lb a.i./A plus a mancozeb (Dithane, Manzate, Penncozeb, M3) at 1.5 lb 75DF or OLF, or ManKocide (M1 + M3) at 2.5 to 5.0 lb 61WP/A on a 7-day schedule.

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