Sclerotinia blightCaused by: Sclerotinia minor
Problem Category: Fungal Disease
Symptoms: Tips of infected branches wilt or flag rapidly; early signs of infection include the presence of small water-soaked lesions at the base of the stems which turn yellow or bleached; leaves on infected branches turn chlorotic and then wither; fluffy white fungal growth may appear on infected tissues during periods of high humidity.
Comments: Fungus can survive for prolonged periods in the soil, even in the absence of peanut; emergence of the disease in the peanut crop is favored by periods of cool weather, moist soil and high humidity.
Management: Plant seeds which are coated with protectants; avoid injuring plants with tools and/or machinery; application of appropriate fungicides can reduce crop losses when disease is present; avoid excessive irrigation during cool weather.
Control: spray 2 times 5% Cowdung+Asafoetida solution in 10 days interval.