Green Snap Affecting a Few South Carolina Corn Fields

South Carolina’s corn crop has been relatively trouble free this year, but Kevin Phillips, Field Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in South Carolina and Georgia says a couple of issues have shown up in the last week or so:

“Starting over in east Georgia and Southern SC there are reports about green snap. There is a time right around tasseling before the stalk stiffens where if there is some strong wind it will snap it right in half. There isn’t a lot to do about it. It can range from 10% to 95% of the field.”

Phillips says that Southern Rust has shown up in Georgia a little earlier this year than usual:

“Southern rust has been an issue in SW Georgia for a few weeks now. It has to have green corn to live on. And it comes in with the weather patterns to affect green corn. So as those fronts come up from the south they will probably be bringing up spores into the non-infected areas.”

And Phillips suggests that if rust spores are found in corn, to apply fungicide:

“Growers can tell if they have rust if they see some speckles in spots and then rub it on a white paper – it will turn the paper bright orange. At that point they should consult their chemical dealer and try to spray fungicide if they have a good yield potential in those fields.”

Phillips says wheat harvest in southern South Carolina is all but done:

“Certainly a lot more acres going into soybeans this year behind wheat than usual. The soybean season has been moving well and the prices are in a good favor. We have soybeans in various states of growth across the state.”

As far as kudzu bugs, Phillips says they’re around:

“Kudzu pressure has been lighter this year, but they are around. Extension is doing a great job getting the word out, but growers should be watching their fields and timing the sprays to the first time they find an immature one in the field.”

Field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in South Carolina and Georgia, Kevin Phillips.

 


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.