It is important to check corn and sorghum fields for stalk rot diseases prior to harvest. Stalk rot is a stress-related disease. Any stress on a crop can increase both the incidence and severity of stalk rot.
It is important to check sorghum fields for stalk rot diseases prior to harvest. The two most common types of stalk rot in sorghum are charcoal rot and Fusarium stalk rot. Even in fields where lodging is has not yet occurred, producers should be prepared to deal with stalk rot issues.
Stalk lodging in corn occurs when the stalk weakens and breaks at some point below the ear. This results in harvest losses and slows down harvesting considerably. Stalk rots occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from disease organisms and environmental factors.