Source: University of Illinois

Excessive rain and extremely dry weather in varying parts of Illinois are responsible for two quite different diseases showing up across the state.

Symptoms of charcoal rot are being spotted in dry areas of southern Illinois, and sudden death syndrome has been found in wet areas across the state, reports University of Illinois Extension plant pathologist Carl Bradley.

"When we find both 'wet' and 'dry' diseases in the same year, it proves how different the spectrum of disease is under varying environmental conditions," Bradley said.

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