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Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Peanut Impostor

Posted by romeethredge on July 10, 2015

When I came across this white stuff yesterday in a peanut field, it was startling. I thought I’d found some white mold aka southern stem rot (sclerotium rolfsii) disease.

But on closer inspection you can see that it’s the harmless, False White Mold (Phanerochaete). You can scrape this mold off and the stem underneath is not harmed. It also looks “toothy” and sometimes yellowed.

 

Conditions are right for white mold, however so preventative measures need to be taken now in our peanuts.

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