Southern Rust on Corn in North Carolina – Update

Southern rust was confirmed on a sample from Camden County, NC on July 21. At this time, southern rust has NOT been reported in Virginia. Yield of corn at or near the dent stage is unlikely to be impacted by the disease, but less mature corn may need to be protected with a fungicide application. Contact your local extension office for recommendations if you suspect southern rust is in your area. Samples of corn plants with symptoms of southern rust should be submitted to your local extension office or the disease clinic at the Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC (contact Dr. Hillary Mehl, Typically the disease has little impact on Virginia corn since it arrives too late in the season to affect yield, but if southern rust is confirmed in Virginia prior to corn reaching the dent stage (R5), fungicide applications may be warranted. Updates will be provided as more information is obtained.

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