This disease can result in poor stands after planting and/or death of entire plants
soon after emergence of seedlings. As plants develop woody stems and tap roots, this
disease is less likely to occur. The succulent and elongating hypocotyl of seedlings
is highly susceptible to this disease. Diseased tissues will appear sunken and tan
to dark brown in color. Masses of black sooty spores of the fungus usually cover the
Please contact your local county extension office for current information.