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December 8, 2003

Lee County- Pecan scab, a fungus that defoliates the trees and causes the nuts to fall too early has ruined more than 10% of the state's pecan crop.

Experts blame the spread of the disease on the warm, wet weather.

"In a wet year like this when they have to spray more it does get expensive, but they did spray. There's just some varieties that are more susceptible, and in certain area there were conditions that were just right for scab," says Lee County extension agent, Doug Collins.

The state was hoping to produce 150 million pounds, but because of the disease growers will only produce 70 to 100 million pounds.

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