Researchers at Oregon State University say they have discovered a rare fungal disease is spreading through wheat fields throughout the Willamette Valley.
Scientist, Chris Mundt, says the disease is called “Sharp Eyespot,” and is infecting about half of the wheat crops in the area.
“I would estimate about a 10% yield loss in the Willamette Valley,” said Mundt.
To help prevent the situation from getting any worse, the OSU scientists issued an alert to farmers.
The disease has appeared in the Willamette Valley before, according to Mundt, but only in small amounts.
He thinks the dry conditions during spring most likely helped the fungus to spread.