Fusarium stalk rot
Area of impact: Stalk
Description: Deteriorates the inner stalk which will have light pink discoloration but no black specks will be visible in or on the stalk. Fusarium stalk rot can eventually kill the plant.
Pathogen involved: Fusarium moniliforme F. proliferatum F. subglutinans (a fungus)
Timing/Conditions: Occurs after pollination during warm, dry weather.
Contributing factors: Insect injury and plant stress can increase risk. Overwinters in crop residue.
Management practices: Plant resistant hybrids, minimize crop stress, control insects and plant proper population numbers.