Following an Iowa winter of ice, snow and cold temperatures, the predicted risk for Stewart’s disease of corn in 2008 is negligible throughout most of Iowa, with only the southeastern-most counties having a low risk. Stewart’s disease (also known as Stewart’s wilt), is caused by the bacterium Pantoea stewartii. In addition to the pathogen, an insect vector, the corn flea beetle, plays a critical role in the spread of this microorganism from plant-to-plant.
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Nutter, Forrest W. Jr.; Liu, Lu; Pope, Richard O.; and Rice, Marlin E., "Iowa 2008 Prediction for Stewart’s Disease of Corn" (2008). Integrated Crop Management News. 944.
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