Costa Rica: Rust Threat Persists in Coffee Plantations

According to the union of coffee growers the threat of an increase in the incidence of rust remains high, in the regions of Coto Brus and Turrialba.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The "Early warning and recommendation system for the combat of Rust" by the Coffee Research Center, details that the threat of increase of rust remains high in the regions of Coto Brus and Turrialba. However, in the localities located in the regions of Pérez Zeledón, Zona Norte, Central Valley, Western Valley and Los Santos, the threat is gradually reduced depending on altitude and microclimates. 

Miguel Barquero, Coordinator of the Phytopathology Program of the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica, told that " ... a very favorable climate persists that allows the formation of spores and the emergence of new lesions. This situation is more intense than usual, so there is a need to continue with the protection of the leaves of the coffee plants with systemic fungicides in mixture with mesostémico and, also, to control in an integral way other diseases such as Lint, Anthracnose and Derrite'." 

Regarding the current situation of the disease he indicated that "... in 60% of the monitoring plots, the average incidence of rust is less than 10%, while in the remaining 40% the incidence is greater than 48%. This situation shows that producers carried out a good management and managed to contain the advance of the disease, thus avoiding a greater incidence and greater damage". "

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