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If you are growing large volumes of corn in variable weather conditions, one malady of the corn which you might encounter is that of charcoal rot. Given the name because of the look that the disorder gives to the inside of affected corn stalks, this issue often arises in times of extreme heat and drought. As such, in order to avert the rise of charcoal rot, your best bet is to maintain careful irrigation practices and control water exposure.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you’re growing a large volume of sweet corn, charcoal rot is unfortunately something that you’re likely to consider.
  • The name for this malady arises from the charcoal-colored hue that affected stalks take on.
  • The key to avoiding the issue is good irrigation control, since charcoal rot arises from times of heat and drought.

“Charcoal rot of sweet corn is caused by the fungus Macrophomina phaseolina. While it is a common disease of sweet corn, it also infected many other host plants.”

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