Tobacco Blue Mold Forecast Homepage
*** Forecast Note - Spring 2012: We regret to inform you that blue mold forecasts will NOT be available for the 2012 growing season. We encourage everyone to continue to report any outbreaks. Confirmed outbreaks will be shown on the Epidemic Status map below. ***
The Current Forecast can be found by using the menu to the left or the calendar to the above right. For epidemic updates you can refer to the status map and the Epidemic History page.
Map of known Blue Mold outbreaks (note the new color scheme for the reports).
(click the map for a larger image):
Timely information on the occurrence of blue mold
and the future movement of inoculum (fungus spores) across
the North American continent is important to tobacco
producers in managing this destructive and fast-moving plant
*** 2009 Blue Mold Season Summary ***
*** NOTE: These forecasts/outlooks apply ONLY to disease development from AIRBORNE TRANSPORT of spores. We do not have the capability to track blue mold development by other means, such as transporting infected materials, nor will we attempt to do so. Please consult the County Extension Service personnel in your area if you have questions about these matters. ***
The forecast(s) presented in this report only represent estimates of pathways spores are likely to travel from confirmed sources. The forecasts were prepared for purposes of supporting the research and extension functions of North Carolina State University. The forecasts contained herein were not prepared or issued in support of business, industrial, or investment decisions whether they are profit-making or otherwise. The authors; the Department of Plant Pathology; Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences; North Carolina State University; The University of North Carolina, their Governors, Trustees, officers, administrators, employees, and agents do not assume any responsibility for any interpretations of the data, nor do they warrant the fitness of the forecasts for any use.