What is causing striped corn? Part 1

Plant tissue and soil testing may be needed to identify factors causing leaf striping on corn.

Striped corn in Ingham County, Michigan, 2015.
Striped corn in Ingham County, Michigan, 2015.

In 2015, several corn growers in Ingham County, Michigan, have expressed concerns about excessive striping, or interveinal chlorosis, of leaves. A certain amount of leaf striping in the new growth is noticeable every year. Corn usually grows out of this condition. This year, the symptoms are widespread over many acres and fields and they appear in newer and older leaves. Corn is currently at the V5-V6 growth stage. Affected areas are sometimes interspersed with a patch or row of healthy corn.

Scientific literature suggests corn striping often occurs due to several Part 2 of this article.

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