Southern Rust on Corn – Update August 5, 2014

Southern rust on corn

Southern rust was confirmed August 3 on corn samples from Chesapeake and Suffolk. Yield of corn at or near the dent stage is unlikely to be impacted by the disease, but less mature corn in the region may need to be protected with a fungicide application. Strobilurins are good preventative fungicides whereas triazoles are recommended once sporulation is observed in a field due to their curative activity. A combination fungicide is a good option as long as a strobilurin fungicide has not been applied previously. Wet, warm weather favors disease development. Once sporulation occurs, symptoms of rust are relatively obvious. Lesions start out as raised, blister-like pustules then break open to reveal orange spores. Samples of corn plants with symptoms of southern rust can be submitted to the disease clinic at the Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC (contact Dr. Hillary Mehl,