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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Ergot disease spreading to other crops

Toxic fungus not limited to barley in the Basin


September 13, 2016

WORLAND – “I kind of started noticing this stuff in the grass about two years ago, but I wasn’t sure what it was” says Bill Wilson, inspecting his sorghum plants north of Worland. “Now it’s everywhere.”

This year, Wilson first noticed the ergot kernels invading his sorghum buds about a week ago.

“There used to be barley farming all around me out here, and that burning, but they’ve pretty much rotated to sugar beets now,” said Wilson.

As a lumberjack by profession, Wilson is familiar with tree fungus and how it spreads, and has a theory about ergot, as well. “When you b...

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