Seedling Diseases Continue to Develop in Nebraska Corn
Prolonged wet conditions have promoted development of more seedling diseases in corn fields across Nebraska. Seedling diseases have developed in the typical wet, heavy clay soils, but also in hilltops in sandy fields, so don’t ignore them when monitoring plant populations and stand establishment. The frequency of plants with seedling diseases has varied widely from field to field, ranging from a very low percentage of affected plants to higher numbers.
Producers and crop consultants should watch for intermittent gaps between plants indicating missing or lost plants, as well as patches of dead or symptomatic plants. Diseased seedlings can show one or more symptoms:
- Rotted seed prior to germination
- Rotted or discolored seedlings after germination prior to emergence
- Post-emergence seedling damping off
- Root or hypocotyl decay
- Plant discoloration and/or stunting