Dealing with Diplodia
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Oct 17, 2014 03:23 PM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Farmers' damp spirits are not the only victims of the recent rainy weeks. Your corn ears might be feeling rotten, too.

The late summer and fall weather have provided the perfect conditions for the common ear and stalk rot fungus Diplodia, plant pathologists told DTN.

In parts of western and southern Illinois, soggy weather has produced increasing reports of Diplodia in cornfields, University of Illinois Extension educator Dennis Bowman said.

Diplodia has also been reported in many fields in Iowa. "We had perfect weather for the disease -- cool and wet," Iowa State plant pathologist Alison ...

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