Fusarium ear rot
Area of impact: Ears
Description: Infected kernels will be covered with a pinkish or lavender fungus. These kernels may be scattered on the ear but most often fungal growth is found at the tip. Symptoms might not be visible at the embryo end.
Pathogen involved: Fusarium moniliforme F. proliferatum F. subglutinans (fungi)
Timing/Conditions: Occurs during or after flowering in hot, dry weather.
Contributing factors: Damaged ears and minimum tillage. Overwinters in corn residue.
Management practices: Maintain proper fertility and moisture. Insect control might also help.