Dry Rot Damaging Crops

1 decade 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, August 31 2007 Aug 31, 2007 Friday, August 31, 2007 12:59:54 AM CDT August 31, 2007 in News

While some farmers want more rain, Curtis Sanders hopes it stays dry. The off and on rain this summer are damaging his corn crop.

"Rain wouldn't do this any good," Sanders said. "The corn is made. All it's going to do is the rain would help deteriorate the stalks, and it would just make the harvest a lot worse."

Sanders is one of many Missouri farmers whose corn stalks are dry rotting due to extra moisture and a mid-summer wind storm. MU experts are now advising farmers to harvest early to help avoid losing more crop.

"There's not a whole lot a person can do once the stock rot is present except harvest that field earlier than fields that don't have as much stock rot to avoid some of the lodging and stuff which would make it much more difficult to do that harvesting," said Simeon Wright, Plant Diagnostic Clinic Coordinator.

When farmers talk about dry rot, the corn stalk becomes dried out and hallow. This makes the stalk break if there is any kind of a wind storm. It also makes it so the harvester can't harvest the corn properly.

"It's good corn," Sanders said. "It didn't affect the yield. The main reason is just because of the harvester."

This season, more dry weather is what corn farmers are praying for. If corn farmers notice more than rot or if their stalks are diseased, they can send samples to the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic for help.

Reported by Aaron Cox

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