Tar spot is a fungal leaf disease that infects corn leaves and causes lodging and yield losses. First confirmed in 2015, it has rapidly spread in persistence and reach. Yield losses from tar spot infection can be severe.
Erwinia chrysanthemi pv. zeae is one of the most common causal agent of bacterial stalk rot. It is readily capable of establishing and thriving on corn and sorghum plants as it enters natural openings or wounds made from weather or pests.
One ear rot taking hold in many fields is Diplodia ear rot. It tends to thrive when there is wet weather and mild during grain fill. Upright ears with tight husks may promote Diplodia development in certain conditions.