Tar spot found in Kansas, 2024’s first reported case in U.S.

Tar spot found in Kansas, 2024’s first reported case in U.S.

Low levels of tar spot have been confirmed in some corn fields in Kansas.

Dr. Rodrigo Onofre, row crops specialist at Kansas State University’s Department of Plant Pathology, says, “It’s a month earlier than what we found in 2023,” he said. “We just confirmed tar spot in two counties here in Kansas, Doniphan County and Atchison County.”

He says this is the first documented report of tar spot in the U.S.

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