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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
May 25, 2016 12:56 PM CST
My potato plants have been looking great since February. Last week I noticed several turning yellow and I thought it may be from a lack of water. But now it has spread and most of them are yellow and or dying. I think it may be bugs? Underneath the plants I saw some ants and some tiny roundish black bugs about the size of a pinhead. Maybe I have more than one thing going on here? Can someone tell me what is wrong? Thank you
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Weedwhacker
May 25, 2016 4:19 PM CST
Hi Terri -- I suspect that the tiny black bugs that you've seen are flea beetles; but they don't ordinarily seem to do any significant damage to healthy plants. Maybe some sort of blight or wilt ?

Perhaps @Farmerdill will be able to shed some light on the problem!
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bluepoppy
May 25, 2016 5:48 PM CST
Maybe it is just time for them to die off.
Been growing for 3 months. Good chance they are just normally dieing off.
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farmerdill
May 25, 2016 6:20 PM CST
Concur with Bluepoppy. Growing since February, they should be maturing. Mine are going down fast. Digging for new potatoes and they are almost full size.
Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
May 27, 2016 5:00 AM CST
Thanks so much! I would be thrilled to dig them up and free up the space for new plantings. I'm thinking peppers?

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend, Terri
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