Although corn hybrids are primarily evaluated only for yield performance in the Kentucky Hybrid Corn Performance Test, the 1984 test (Poneleit and Evans, 1985) provided a unique opportunity to evaluate hybrid reactions to an unusual hybrid-herbicide interacting Of seven non-virus test locations, four were treated with Eradicane Extra or Eradicane for weed control. At the Princeton location Eradicane Extra, at 8 pints/acre, was used for johnsongrass rhizome suppression and seedling control. In late July, a routine check revealed that numerous plants had unusual appearances that were similar to abnormalities reported earlier as caused by Eptam and Eradicane (Poneleit et aI, 1975). Subsequent observations confirmed the severity of damage at the Princeton test site and reports of similar hybrid reactions from farmer fields prompted the collection of apparent herbicide damage data from the replicated Princeton test. The other performance test sites where Eradicane Extra or Eradicane was applied did not show significant plant abnormalities. Apparently the appearance of phytotoxic effects owing to Eradicane Extra are sporadic and strongly influenced by specific interaction of environmental factors. It was postulated that this injury occurrence in 1984 was the result of excessive rainfall four to six weeks after planting. Dichlormid (safener) is very water soluble and could have been leached away from the corn roots, and thus not available to protect the corn from EPTC.

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