There is a video on this page which shows it (very interesting, even the birds are dying …)
http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-mystery-crop-damage,0,187535.story

(Memphis 6/1/2010) A mystery is unfolding across MidSouth farms.

Something is killing crops, trees, even weeds and nobody can explain why.

Farmers are scratching their heads and some are worried their crops may be lost to the mysterious plague.

It’s happening along a large swath of land near the Shelby and Tipton county border along Herring Hill Road and elsewhere near the Mississippi River bottoms.

Tiny dots appear to have burned onto leaves of all types of plants, and they appear different depending on the plant.

On corn stalks, the dots seem to turn white in the center.

On other plants, a white dust speckles the leaves and then destroys the green life underneath.

"We found it all in the herbs, in the flowers, in the plum tree, in the weeds," said organic farmer Toni Holt. "It’s apparently in everything."

Holt grows organic produce that she sells at area farmers’ markets.

As she and other farmers inspect the new growth covered in the perplexing plague, they fear their entire crop may be lost.

Less than ten miles from Holt’s crops, the damage could possibly hit hundreds of acres of corn at Wilder Farms.

It appears to have hit everything in its path.

There does not seem to be anything in common with the affected plants.

The Holts raise organic crops, so they don’t spray pesticides on any of their fruits and vegetables.

The first thought among some was a new parasite or insect caused the damage, but Wilder farms sprays pesticides and the damage there is exactly the same.

Farmers first noticed the damaging dots over the weekend.

Then Holt came home to find baby birds dead in their nests.

"There are two dead birds hanging out of two different bird houses, so we’re concerned about that. We don’t know if it’s related, but it’s alarming," said Holt. "We’ve got horses, we’re concerned about the horses on the grass. We’ve got chickens. We sell our eggs at the market."

Farmers we spoke with are convinced something in the air caused this damage.

They’re asking the USDA and other experts to look into the problem, and so are we.

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Comments on: "Mystery Crop Damage Threatens Hundreds Of Acres" (3)

  1. Very interesting.
    You know this just might be our nasty little
    morgie bug hey?
    Curses morgie bug …be gone!!!!
    You loose!

    Blessings and BIG BIG Hugs and prayer,
    Pamela mae

  2. zara cybele said:

    This sounds ominous.
    There is also a mystery disease affecting opium poppy crops right now. They don’t describe the blight but I’d be curious to see if they had anything in common with this outbreak.
    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE64C0KC.htm

    • “Killer fungus is no mystery to Afghan poppy growers”
      See this story in the Guardian.
      Fungus being used as bioweapon in the war against drugs? Releasing modified fungus into the environment along with global warming, sounds like a dangerous recipe.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/17/poppy-fungus-mystery-afghanistan

      “When the report of the fungus was first published, a reliable source directed the author of this article to the Sunshine Project, a now suspended non-profit organisation. In 2000, the international NGO had published a report about “dangerous US fungus experiments”, warning against the potentially harmful impact of the fungus on biodiversity in the target drug-producing regions.”

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