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Downloadable quick ID guide for panicle blight in rice
Author: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

LITTLE ROCK  – Rice producers can now download a single-page quick identification guide to bacterial panicle blight in rice from

UP CLOSE --Sample image from panicle blight quick guide.

[Download it here: Panicle Blight PDF]

The guide, compiled the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Yeshi Wameshi, extension plant pathologist, and Lonoke County Extension Agent Jan Yingling, has color photos and descriptions to aid farmers in diagnosing the costly disease.

Bacterial panicle blight was identified in Arkansas in the 1990s, but has likely been in Arkansas longer without being recognized. The yield-robbing disease is the subject of intensive study by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

The quick guide in a second format, is also available here.

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