Identifying the Causes of Harvest-time Ear Diseases through Ear Rots and Kernel Moisture Content

September 27, 2019 / By Rupp Seeds

Screen shot image of SeedSCOOP publication discussing identifying the causes of harvest-time ear diseases through ear rots and kernel moisture content.

The presence of ear rots and kernel moisture content greater than 15% is not a good combination because diseased kernels can reduce test weight, grain quality, and ultimately, yield potential. Some ear rots require hot, dry weather and others are associated with moist to wet and cooler conditions. Wounds created by insects, mechanical damage, and hail can provide openings for pathogen entrance into the kernel.
Certain diseases produce mycotoxins that are harmful and potentially deadly to humans and livestock. Learn more about how to identify ear disease and best management practices to limit them in this issue of SeedScoop.

Identifying the Causes of Harvest-time Ear Diseases through Ear Rots and Kernel Moisture Content