SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University experts have alerted farmers to a fungal disease in Willamette Valley wheat fields.
The Capital Press reports (http://bit.ly/1sUcOc5 ) the disease, called sharp eyespot, has appeared sparingly in the valley over the years but spread this year, infecting as much as 50 percent of individual fields.
Oregon State University field crops extension agent Nicole Anderson and OSU cereal pathologist Chris Mundt identified the disease and warned farmers that yields could suffer.
Anderson says researchers are speculating that abnormally dry conditions caused the fungus to move into plants this spring.
Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/