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Not All Boll Rot Caused by Bacterial Blight

Not All Boll Rot Caused by Bacterial Blight

Mississippi State University Extension specialists have been tracking reports of boll rot through the latter part of the growing season leading to harvest. But identifying the cause of the problem is not a simple task.

In a Mississippi Crop Situation blog post, the specialists note that they have encountered more boll rot in 2014 – a year with below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation – than in the past two years. It’s simple to point the finger at bacterial blight, which was widespread during 2014. But other sources such as bacteria, fungi and insects may also be to blame.

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