Stalk rots are the most common diseases of dent corn in Kentucky. It is estimated that these diseases reduce annual yields by a minimum of 3 percent. In certain years, yield losses may reach 10 to 20 percent. Losses are due to (1) premature plant death which results in poor filling of ears or light test weights for the grain, and (2) harvest losses associated with stalk breakage or lodging. Furthermore, problems with ear rot are usually greater where lodging occurs, particularly when the harvest season is wet.
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