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 Differentiating between the most common plant diseases is often a difficult task, even for the most seasoned of gardeners and growers. The majority, if not all, of the most common plant diseases are caused by fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Once a disease formulates it tends to quickly spread across a crop or garden, moving from one plant to another. While most diseases are able to be destroyed through a combination of proper care and the right product, prevent is most certainly the best means of protecting your harvests. 

Location plays a significant role in determining which diseases are most likely to thrive in that region. Fungi remove the energy from the plants that they are living on, often to blame for the enormous damage that the plants receive. The ability to identify the most common plant diseases when they first begin to form is instrumental in protecting your crop and keeping your harvest healthy and flourishing. 

The following are some of the most common plant diseases: 

  • Anthracnose 

  • Apple Scab 

  • Bacterial Canker 

  • Bacterial Leaf Spot 

  • Blossom End Rot 

  • Brown Rot 

  • Cedar Apple Rust 

  • Club Root 

  • Common Rust 

  • Corn Smut 

  • Crown Gall 

  • Damping Off 

  • Downy Mildew 

  • Early Blight 

  • Fire Blight 

  • Fusarium Wilt 

  • Gray Mold 

  • Late Blight 

  • Leaf Curl 

  • Mosaic Virus 

  • Potato Scab 

  • Powdery Mildew 

  • Verticillium Wilt 

To restate, prevention is essential to keeping your plants safe. However, some diseases are simply impossible to prevent, especially in situations where a grower is responsible for a large plot of land. Therefore, the ability to recognize the above diseases will prove to be beneficial to the overall health of your harvest.

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