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Dry Beans

Baldhead

(Reviewed 8/07, updated 12/08)

In this Guideline:


SYMPTOMS

Baldhead is a condition that occurs when seedlings are severely stunted and have little or no growth above the primary (first) leaves as a result of death or damage of the growing point.

COMMENTS ON THE DISEASE

Baldhead is due to physical damage to the seed, which may occur during harvesting, threshing, cleaning, handling, or planting operations. Seed with low moisture content is most susceptible to such damage.

MANAGEMENT

Exercise care during harvest, storage, and planting of bean seed. Moisture content of seed should be maintained around 14 to 15%.

PUBLICATION

[UC Peer Reviewed]

UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Dry Beans
UC ANR Publication 3446
Abiotic Disorders
R. M. Davis, Plant Pathology, UC Davis
C. A. Frate, UC Cooperative Extension, Tulare County
Acknowledgment for contributions to Abiotic Disorders:
A. E. Hall, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside
Acknowledgment for contributions to Diseases/Abiotic Disorders:
S. R. Temple, Plant Sciences, UC Davis

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