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Crown tissue: water-soaked, very dark, stunted

Description

Early in the season, extended periods of cold, wet weather can cause a chilling type of injury, also known as cold weather crown stress, to young plants (left and right plants in picture). The crown tissue will become water-soaked and very dark and the damage may extend up the plant for several nodes. Affected plants (left and right) typically are stunted compared to undamaged plants (center).

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KSU Corn Production Problems