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Deadly Pine Tree Disease Reaches Southwest Kansas
11/19/2010
 

A disease which kills pine trees is typically not a local problem.

But Pine wilt has made its way to Seward and Meade Counties.

K-State Research and Extension's Mike Hanson says the

disease is spreading.

"It's quite a problem," Hanson says. "It's been moving about

10 miles per year. They found it in Meade County also this year.

There was a confirmed case last year in Finney County. You

really don't know you have it until your tree is dead. The tree

will look fine and three weeks later, it's dead. The needles

don't fall off."

Hanson says there is a 150 dollar prevention treatment that

works about 50 percent of the time. Once an evergreen has

pine wilt, it will die. Hanson says sawyer beetles spread

the disease and it will likely continue to spread.

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