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Fusarium Root and Crown Rot
Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. asparagi, Fusarium proliferatum

  • Infected seedlings are stunted, yellow and may die
  • Plants throughout field have a few yellow stunted shoots
  • Overtime, plants decline
  • Reddish brown lesions on lower stems and roots
  • Crown develops a dry brown rot
  • Older plants in low lying areas, or those stressed by drought or other factor are most severely affected
  • More information on Fusarium Root and Crown Rot...
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Asparagus Rust
Puccinia asparagi

  • No symptoms on spears
  • Pale orange ovals on lower stems of fronds in spring
  • In summer reddish brown, spots form on fronds and stems
  • Reddish, rust-colored, powdery spores rub off on hands and equipment
  • Spots turn black in fall
  • Infected foliage dries and dies prematurely
  • More information on Asparagus Rust...

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