(Updated July 2017) We strongly urge anyone interested in growing garlic to only buy from a grower that has had their garlic tested for Bloat Nematode and understands the basics of how Bloat Nematode is acquired and spread. Plum Creek Garlic gets tested every year by the University of Minnesota Plant Disease Clinic. We tested negative for 2017 and you can see our 2017 results by clicking here.
Garlic Bloat Nematode is a serious pest and can spread via leaf-to-leaf and via water or soil movement. For pictures and a detailed description from the University of Delaware click here or for a description from Cornell University in NY click here. This tiny parasitic ‘bug’ has been devastating garlic fields in the East and has been found in several fields here in the Midwest.