“Bubonic Plague of the Plant World” Hits Wisconsin Farms

Experts call it the “bubonic plague of the plant world” and it’s making its presence felt locally. Officials say a highly contagious and destructive fungus, already found on tomato plants in Wisconsin, has been found in potato farms in two counties, including Columbia County. The infestation spreads quickly by air, with spores traveling long distances. The Columbia County invasion was found at a research farm near Arlington earlier this week. Experts are making efforts to get the word out to smaller farms in the state about the infestation, which is the same disease that caused the potato famine in Ireland in the late 1800’s.