Harvesting when Plants are Wet - Knowledgebase Question

Boiling Springs, PA
Question by rnicholsdon
July 23, 2000
I've heard that harvesting crops such as beans when the plants are wet causes disease problems. Is this true?


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Answer from NGA
July 23, 2000

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Harvesting when foliage is wet does not cause disease in and of itself. But it is a good idea to avoid working in the garden when plants are wet because your activity can transfer disease spores among plants. Most plant diseases require wet leaf surfaces for infection to take place.

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