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October 1, 2014
NEWPORT, Ark. -- Early leaf spot, a disease that can cut peanut yields by 50 percent
has been confirmed in Arkansas, Travis Faske, extension plant pathologist for the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said on Wednesday.
The fungal disease, which affects the peanut plants’ leaves, was detected in a research
plot near Newport.
“To my knowledge this is the first time ELS has been found in the state,” he said.
Symptoms include circular brown lesions with a yellow halo. The fungus, Cercospora arachidicola, also produces silvery, fuzzy tufts of spores on the top side of the leaf.
“Given that ELS was only detected in one research plot that is isolated from most
of the peanut producing areas of the state and that most fields are near harvest,
it is very unlikely that ELS will be a threat to the 2014 peanut crop,” Faske said.
Faske said that about 40-50 percent of the state’s peanut crop has been dug and yields
are running between 4,200 to 5,000 pounds per acre, about the same as in 2013. Arkansas
has about 10,000 acres of peanuts.
For more information about crop production, contact your county extension office,
or visit www.uaex.uada.edu or http://arkansascrops.com.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By the U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org