blind seed

blind seed

[′blīnd ‚sēd]
(plant pathology)
A fungus disease of forage grasses caused by Phealea temulenta, resulting in abortion of the seed.
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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.
One of the original reasons to burn the straw was to combat blind seed disease.
He explains that growers are now using cultivars that flower late in the spring when warm, dry weather conditions inhibit the growth of the fungus that causes blind seed disease.
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.