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Farmer's Guide to Corn Diseases
Farmer's Guide to Corn Diseases

" invaluable and core addition to professional and academic library Agricultural Reference collections in general, and Corn instructional supplemental studies reading lists in particular."
—Library Bookwatch

  • Maximize your yield and economic return through fast, accurate corn disease diagnosis
  • Minimize disease identification error
  • Quickly find non-technical overviews of diseases and their management
  • Quantity Discounts available for distribution to customers and staff!

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    One of the keys to achieving maximum economic returns is minimizing disease pressure, and the cornerstone of effective disease management is accurate diagnosis. This is not easy given the broad spectrum of diseases found in the field—and also given that symptoms can look very similar.

    A Farmer’s Guide to Corn Diseases provides the images, tools, and non-technical guidance to help ag professionals accurately diagnose corn diseases and disorders found in the fields of the United States, Canada, and other countries where corn is grown.

    This no-nonsense, highly accessible book features diagnostic keys and other extensive cross-referencing tools to help users quickly find diseases and minimize identification errors. It features…

    • An easy-to-follow introduction to corn diseases and disorders
    • A non-technical overview on diagnosing corn diseases in a field setting
    • Disease listings organized by part of the corn plant affected
    • Disease distribution maps to help narrow the search for suspect diseases
    • Basic instructions for using diagnostic and scouting tools, like hand lenses
    • A glossary defining the various diseases and diagnostic terms used in the book

    A Farmer’s Guide to Corn Diseases also provides general management recommendations, giving growers and crop specialists an excellent primer for discussions with extension or crop specialists in their specific state or province about localized treatments.

    This book is a truly collaborative effort. Thirty-three experts from more than 20 universities, agencies, and companies packed their vast collective corn disease knowledge into this highly accessible book written with the grower in mind.

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    • Field representatives and other experts at your organization
    • VIP clients/customers in the corn industry
    • Colleagues in state and county extension
    • Fellow researchers and diagnosticians at your institution

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    A Farmer's Guide to Corn Diseases




    PART ONE: Introduction

    CHAPTER 1: How to Use This Book

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    CHAPTER 2: Understanding Corn Diseases and Disorders

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    Impact of Diseases on Corn
    Infectious Diseases
    What Is Plant Disease?
       The Plant Disease Triangle
       Major Groups of Plant Pathogens
       The Disease Cycle
       Breaking the Disease Cycle
    Noninfectious Disorders
    The Corn Plant
       Stages of Development
       Effects of Stress at Key Developmental Stages
       Scouting for Diseases of Corn

    PART TWO: Corn Diseases and Disorders

    CHAPTER 3: Diagnostic Key

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    Field Conditions
    Weather Conditions
    Disease Timeline and Field Distribution
    Symptoms and Signs
       General Plant Symptoms and Signs
       Symptoms and Signs on Specific Plant Tissues

    CHAPTER 4: Foliar and Aboveground Diseases

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    Anthracnose Leaf Blight
    Banded Leaf and Sheath Blight
    Common Rust
    Common Smut
    Corn Stunt
    Crazy Top
    Diplodia Leaf Streak
    Goss’s Wilt
    Gray Leaf Spot
    Head Smut
    Holcus Leaf Spot
    Maize Bushy Stunt
    Maize Chlorotic Dwarf
    Maize Chlorotic Mottle
    Maize Dwarf Mosaic
    Northern Corn Leaf Blight
    Northern Corn Leaf Spot
    Physoderma Brown Spot and Stalk Rot
    Sorghum Downy Mildew
    Southern Corn Leaf Blight
    Southern Rust
    Stewart’s Disease
    Other Viruses

    CHAPTER 5: Crown and Root Diseases

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    Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
    Pythium Seedling Blight and Root Rot
    Red Root Rot
    Rhizoctonia Crown and Brace Root Rot
    Root-Lesion Nematode
    Sting and Needle Nematodes
    Other Nematodes

    CHAPTER 6: Stalk Rots

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    Anthracnose Stalk Rot
    Bacterial Stalk and Top Rot
    Charcoal Rot
    Diplodia Stalk Rot
    Fusarium Stalk Rot
    Gibberella Crown Rot and Stalk Rot
    Pythium Stalk Rot

    CHAPTER 7: Ear Rots

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    Aspergillus Ear Rot and Aflatoxin
    Cladosporium Ear Rot
    Diplodia Ear Rot
    Fusarium Ear Rot and Fumonisin
    Gibberella Ear Rot and Mycotoxins
    Nigrospora Ear Rot
    Penicillium Ear Rot
    Trichoderma Ear Rot

    CHAPTER 8: Noninfectious Disorders

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    Nutrient and Fertilizer Disorders
    Chemical Injury
    Environmental Conditions and Genetic Disorders
    Insect Injury

    CHAPTER 9: Diseases of Worldwide Importance That Do Not Occur in the United States and Canada

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    Maize Streak
    Late Wilt
    Asian Downy Mildews

    CHAPTER 10: A Closer Look

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    Using a Hand Lens
    Microscopic Images
    Creating a Moist Chamber


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    " invaluable and core addition to professional and academic library Agricultural Reference collections in general, and Corn instructional supplemental studies reading lists in particular."
    —Library Bookwatch

    Publish Date: 2016
    Format: 8.5” × 11” softcover
    ISBN: 978-0-89054-454-9
    Pages: 161
    Publication Weight: 2 lbs

    Edited by Kiersten Wise, Daren Mueller, Adam Sisson, Damon Smith, Carl Bradley, and Alison Robertson

    A Farmer's Guide to Corn Diseases

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