Date of this Version
Chapter in 2015 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, pp. 154-157.
The harsh growing conditions during 2014 contributed to several disease problems in corn, in spite of the overall high yields across the state. The extended cold and wet conditions early in the season led to development of seedling diseases and crop stress. Then, in many parts of the state, repeated and unprecedented strong storms battered and wounded crops with multiple and widespread hail events, high winds, very heavy rain, and devastating tornadoes. Many fields were planted late or replanted, some more than once, further delaying the crop. Cool summer and fall conditions delayed maturity and led to early frost events that prematurely killed plants in some fields prior to black layer. These stresses during the season led to some complications at harvest time and could continue to affect stored corn as ear rot pathogens continue to grow as grain molds.