Anthracnose commonly affects developing plants in humid areas. In Episode 7 of Corn College TV Season 3, Farm Journal’s Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer discusses how to identify the disease early on.
The example that Bauer shows is in a corn-on-corn field. The bottom leaves of the plant are starting to die off, with visible lesions that have begun to kill leaf tissue. She explains that this is an expected issue in a field that experienced corn-on-corn and a wet early season.
"Again, on a corn-on-corn situation and having wet weather, we’ll see this kind of disease throughout the field," she says. "It will be hybrid dependent, so some hybrids might be worse than others."
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With disease management, it starts with hybrid selection and continues with scouting throughout the entire growing season. Listen to more advice from the Farm Journal experts below to learn how to customize your own disease plan.