It’s a nasty ailment that has traveled northward to cotton fields in the Northern San Joaquin Valley over the past five years.
It can spread easily by foot, water and farm equipment, leaving swaths of bare spots in fields.
|Bare spots will show up in Race 4 fusarium infected fields.|
Over the years, we’ve talked about Race 4 and how it has been heading our way from the south end of the valley in Kern County. Today, Bob says growers around here are starting to recognize this issue – a big plus – and huddling with their pest control advisers, farm consultants and UC experts to explore ways to address the issue.
|A young cotton plant suffering from fusarium wilt.|
Hutmacher points out that farmers will reseed a field that had been out of cotton for a few years. Then suddenly, the disease crops up – the first clue comes early in the growing season as seedlings wither and die.
|The first cotton boll opening up was reported in Dos Palos.|