EM•1® Microbial Inoculant applications help control Fusarium wilt of lettuce on Kaneshiro Farm
Fusarium wilt of lettuce is caused by a fungus. It causes lettuce to wilt, leaves turn yellow, develop tip burn and die.
Once introduced into a field, the fungus will probably remain indefinitely.
At this time, only effective control measure is to avoid planting in the infested fields for at least several years.
Owen Kaneshiro has applied EM•1® applications as pre-plant soil application along with chicken manure and consistent weekly foliar applications of EM•1® at rate of 1:50 to control the Fusarium wilt damage on his Manoa lettuce fields.
This enables the Manoa lettuce own plant immune system to recover from the initial attack. Owen was able to harvest an impressive 3,700 lbs from this known infested field. This harvest is more than some of his other Manoa lettuce fields that did not have Fusarium which averages 3,300 lbs.
A second planting of Manoa lettuce in the same field a year later also produced similar results with 3,600 pounds at harvest!