Dodge Down Corn
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Tue Sep 9, 2014 10:51 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- It's time to rough your cornfields up a little. Conditions are right in many fields for stalk rot this year. A firm push to the plant can alert you in time to minimize harvest losses, said University of Nebraska plant pathologist Tamra Jackson-Ziems.

Plants with the symptoms of stalk rot -- hollow or rotting, weakened stalks -- won't withstand the bullying, she pointed out. "You're basically simulating what wind does, and if you have stalk rot, the plants will not snap back up," she explained. "They'll fall over or stay bent, and you have a potential ...

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