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Bud blight

Area of impact: Pods

Description: Buds bend to form a characteristic hook and may brown and fall off. Pods have brown patches and develop poorly. Young plants may be stunted.

Pathogen involved: Tobacco ringspot virus

Timing/Conditions: Can occur all season long most likely in fields next to clovers pastures or weedy areas.

Contributing factors: The disease is transmitted by seed usually but also by thrips grasshoppers and dagger nematodes.

Management practices: Plant virus-free seed and avoid planting beans next to pastures.

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