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Ergot found in area fields

by Wayne Flanary, regional agronomist

Ergot has been identified in area fescue fields and other grass pastures. Ergot is dark black sclerotia (ergot bodies) found replacing the grain in the heads of grasses just prior to harvest. These are often larger than the seed of the plant but vary depending on the specie of grass infected. This is a disease caused by a fungus which reduces yield and quality of

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