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Tobacco plants in Johnston, Wilson show signs of virus

The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service reported Monday that while only 10 percent of plants show signs of either Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) or Tobacco Streak Virus (TSV), the rate is higher than at this time last year.

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Some tobacco plants in Johnston and Wilson county have been infected with viruses that can turn leaves brown and reduce yield.

The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service reported Monday that while only 10 percent of plants show signs of either Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) or Tobacco Streak Virus (TSV),  the rate is higher than at this time last year.

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