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Black point

Area of impact: Head

Description: Head is covered by black soot-like mold. Kernels are discolored weathered and the ends of the seed are black.

Pathogen involved: Alternaria (fungi)

Timing/Conditions: Prefers warm wet weather during crop maturation.

Contributing factors: Delayed harvest and seed moisture above 20% combined with a relative
humidity above 90%.

Management practices: Plant resistant varieties and use chemical seed treatment.

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