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Tobacco Disease Reported in Pitt County

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GREENVILLE — The blue mold disease, dreaded by tobaccofarmers, is hittingclose to home.

A Pitt County tobacco farmer has found the mold on one of his plants.The fungus is thought to have blown over from Lenoir County where severalfields where infected last week.

Pitt and four other neighboring counties have been on a blue mold alert.Blue Mold wiped out one quarter of the burley tobacco crop grown in thewestern part of the state last year.