White cotton-like growth is evident on the stems of affected plants, eventually causing the collapse of most of the stem tissue other than the xylem fibers leaving a stringy residue. Infected fruit are covered by the white fungal growth, become “mushy” and disintegrate.
Careful attention to watering duration and frequency is important, especially during late season. A fungicide spray program may be needed in heavily infected fields.
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Publication Revised July 2009