Blue Mold

By: Stephanie Stang
By: Stephanie Stang

The unusually wet and cooler weather this summer has created a problem for tobacco farmers. Blue mold is attacking tobacco crops all across the Southern states and now it's hitting South Central Kentucky.

Blue mold is a devastating disease that eats away at the leaf tissue and spreads with the help of cool, wet and windy weather. When the disease does strike, it causes a loss in the plant's weight making for a large loss in value when it comes time to sell. Many farmers tried to prevent the disease but couldn't spray fungicide because of all of the mud.

Bobby Stratton, a farmer in Simpson Country, says the majority of his burley crop is damaged. The State Department of Agriculture continues to emphasize the need for farmers to take action now and spray fungicide.

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