fruit trees with black leaves

Asked August 11, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

Hello from Tipton. I really need some help. My fruit trees ( peach and plum) have sections in them that look dead all of a sudden with black and curled leaves...almost like they were burned. wondering if this is a disease or a result of living next to a field that gets crop dusted. Thanks so much for your help.

Cedar County Iowa

1 Response

The symptoms on tree in the photograph are not consistent with the misapplication of herbicides or other materials by nearby farmers.

However, it is not possible to make a diagnosis based on the photograph. A diagnosis may be possible by submitting a plant specimen to the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Tips for submitting plant specimens to the clinic can be found at http://www.ent.iastate.edu/pidc/