Integrated Crop Management News

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Stewart's disease of corn, also known as Stewart's wilt, is caused by the bacterium Pantoea stewartii. The 2000 growing season is predicted to be a very severe year for this disease, largely because of six successive winters with above-average monthly temperatures that have favored the survival of the insect vector for this disease, the corn flea beetle (Chaetocnema pulicaria). There are commonly two stages to the disease. Initially, leaf lesions that are off-green to yellow extend along the leaf veins, followed by mild-to-severe early seedling "blight" symptoms.

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