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2017 Nematode Assay Service Note

The University of Delaware will not offer an open nematode assay service in 2017.  Growers and other professionals with urgent issues can contact their local extension agriculture agent or Dr. Nathan Kleczewski at 302-300-6962 or for assistance with nematode identification, enumeration, and…


Bacterial Leaf Streak- Something to Look For in 2017 Corn

Bacterial leaf streak (BLS) is a new bacterial disease affecting corn in the United States.  The disease has been present in Nebraska corn fields at detectable levels since 2014, but was only recently positively identified.  The disease has been detected in nine states…


Stalk Rots in Corn

Stalk rots are one of the most frequent and damaging issues for corn production.  Corn plants produce sugars (carbon) through photosynthesis.  These sugars are used as energy for growth and tissue maintenance.  Extra sugars are stored as free sugars and starch in the…


Corn is moving, are you ready?

Corn is starting to take off, and this means that the next set of diseases to keep an eye out will be the foliar diseases.  The most common diseases impacting corn are the residue borne leaf diseases including Grey Leaf Spot and Northern…


Seedling diseases in corn

Corn planting is underway.  Persistent rain has increased the concern about potential seedling diseases and the need to replant.  Corn seedlings in DE and most of MD can be affected by two main pathogen groups 1) Pythium spp; and 2) Fusarium spp.  Pythium…


Nematode Assay Service open through November 13

The UD Nematode Assay Service will be open through November 13th, 2015.  After this time the assay service will be closed until the new year.  Below is the link to the service.  Please pay particular attention to sample submission guidelines.  


Correlation, Causation, and Scouting

Often, late season issues result in the submission of senesced, dead, or decomposing samples to extension plant pathologists or diagnostic clinics in the hope that an answer to a potential issue can be derived from such samples.  Unfortunately determining the potential cause of…


Weeds as Alternative Hosts for Goss’ Wilt

Goss’ Wilt is an emerging issue in corn production.  Although the bacterial disease has yet to move into our area, it has spread throughout corn production areas in the Midwest and parts of Canada.  Currently, rotation and tillage are the only means of…


Fungicides for ear rot

This season I have had several questions on  controlling ear rots in corn.  Ear rots are caused by several different fungal species.  The most common in our area are Diplodia, Gibberella, and Fusarium ear rots.  Others, such as Aspergillus, and Penicillium ear rots…


Tar spot on Corn in Indiana

Well folks, we have a new corn disease in the USA.  Tar spot, which is typically encountered in tropical areas, had been confirmed in Indiana.  While we have not seen this in our area, keep an eye out for it in the future.…


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