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Gray leaf spot

Area of impact: Leaves

Description: First appears as small yellow or tan spots with halos later developing into gray rectangular lesions up to 4" long by 1⁄8" wide with distinct parallel edges.

Pathogen involved: Cercospora zeae-maydis (a fungus)

Timing/Conditions: Can occur anytime from corn silking to maturity. Prefers moderate to warm temperatures and long periods of wet weather or high humidity.

Contributing factors: Overwinters in corn debris. Susceptible hybrids, corn-on-corn crop rotation and minimum tillage increase the risk of development.

Management practices: Use resistant hybrids, crop rotation, conventional tillage and foliar fungicides.

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