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Southern Blight poses threat to tomatoes

The fungal disease affects the soil.

Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 9:56 PM
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 7:11 PM

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi State University Extension Service says conditions this summer have been ripe for a significant disease outbreak that would hurt the growth of tomatoes in the state.

That disease is referred to as Southern Blight.

It's a fungal disease that has white, thread-like growth along with brown or tan, round structures at the base of the stem.

The extension service says there are no home garden fungicides to fight the disease, but tomatoes can be protected from infected soil by wrapping in foil the part of the tomato stem that touches the soil.

Workers at Native Son Farm in Tupelo says this fungus has destroyed half of their tomato crop. 

The Manager of Tomato Production, Chasiti Mcgee , says the infected fruit is ok to eat but it will taste bitter. 

She says they home for a full crop next year. 

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