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Fig. 1. Brown stripe on orchardgrass
Last week my orchardgrass fields were beginning to show some brown areas on the leaves but today (Monday) they looked like they were dying. Then when I got back to the office, I had three emails and two phone messages about diseased orchardgrass fields. Below are some pictures and descriptions by Erik L. Stromberg, Extension Plant Pathologist at VPI, of the major orchardgrass leaf diseases in our area of the country. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix yet for this problem. The best management for these foliar diseases is optimum soil fertility and to remove the infected tissue and hope for less conducive disease weather during orchardgrass regowth.
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