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by Jenny Rees
Stalk Rot: Harvest is progressing and we were anticipating a higher amount of stalk rot this year. This is because increased disease pressure on the leaves of corn plants reduces the phytosynthetic capability of those leaves. We’ve had a great fill period for corn and plants started taking material from the stalks to fill those ears. You can check your fields for stalk rot by walking into the field and pinching (placing the first internode of the stalk above the soil line between your thumb and first finger and applying pres - sure to) 20 plants. Take a percentage of those that crush in your hand. 
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