First Tar Spot detection in Maryland

Farmers in Maryland are facing a crop disease for the first time.

A frequent guest on the Market Day Report, Ben Hushon, says it was brought on by the constant dampness felt the past two weeks.

“We have welcomed for the first time in our community tar spot disease and it has moved in our corn. We had read about it from Penn State Extension in Maryland but honestly, I am sitting in the crowd listening to the presentation last winter going this might be like the brown marmorated stink bug that was going to come and take half of our soybean yields, but fortunately they never got north of Virginia, but the tar spot has definitely come in with a vengeance,” said Hushon.

Hushon hopes the disease will not have an impact on this year’s yield, but he says it definitely begins the worry for farmers in the area.

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