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This NebGuide describes the two smut diseases of corn in Nebraska, common smut and head smut, including their symptoms, life cycle, and management.

Two smut diseases of corn occur in Nebraska (Figure 1). Despite their similar appearance, their disease cycles are very different, as are their yield loss potential and management strategies (Table 1).