Farmers will be left without fire as a tool to fight the crop-damaging ergot, blind seed
disease and annual blue grass weed invasions, he lamented.
Field-burning each year after harvest controls weeds, removes leftover grass straw, and destroys diseases, including growers' nemesis, blind seed disease.
Burning fields between harvests completely controlled blind seed disease and is largely credited with saving the state's grass seed industry," Alderman says.
Jack Pimm, a third-generation grass seed grower, heard his grandfather and father talk about blind seed disease when he was a child.
Sure enough, we had blind seed disease," Pimm says.