Tobacco Disease Reported in Pitt County
Posted June 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
GREENVILLE — The blue mold disease, dreaded by tobacco farmers, is hitting close 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 several fields 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 the western part of the state last year.