Information Management to Maximize Your Yields

Monitor late season stalk disease

Detecting late season corn diseases as soon as possible to assess the potential impact. Harvesting early can help preserve quality of grain.

Warm, humid weather this week can cause late season disease to be very prevalent. If top die-back is seen in ears, check the stalk integrity by pinching the stalk at its base or pushing it to the side to determine lodging . Consider early harvest for fields that have high lodging potential.

If ear rots are present in fields, consider early harvesting of infected fields and dry corn to 15% moisture to prevent molding. If ear rot is a major issue choose resistant hybrids, practice crop rotation and increase tillage to reduce incidence of diseases.

Late season scouting is important for harvest planning and accessing yield potential.