Fungus attacking Arkansas tomato plants harder than normal

WHITE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A devastating disease could reduce the amount of tomatoes you see at your local produce stands.

Heavy rains caused late blight to spread faster than normal.

According to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, 14 counties around central Arkansas have reports of the fungus.

The first sign of the disease is necrotic, brownish-gray tissue on the leaves.

In an interview with KARK-TV, Sherri Sanders with the White County Extension Agency said she's received about 40 phone calls a week on the disease.

"It's disheartening when a disease comes in and wipes it out in a matter of a week or two," Sanders told KARK-TV. "If you start to see problems in your plants, get us a sample to your county extension office early."

For tips on how to prevent the spread of the fungus and protect your plants, click here.

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