Agricultural leaders in New York state don't want history won't repeat itself.


They thoroughly studied the late blight outbreak in potatoes and tomatoes during the 2009 season and have developed a program they hope will prevent it from occurring again.


The department will survey tomato plants at the retail level in stores as well as in commercial greenhouses, while Cooperative Extension will follow up with any suspect cases in the field from commercial growers or home gardeners.


Last year's outbreak, which devastated tomato production along the Eastern Coast, was traced to infected plants sold at home and garden stores.


The strain, presumed to be new, infested tomatoes more so than potatoes.


To read the complete article, visit the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.