Bacterial stalk rot/soft rotCaused by: Erwinia chrysanthemi
Problem Category: Bacterial Disease
Symptoms: Plants suddenly beginning to lodge (bend to lie along the ground) midway through season; one or more internodes above soil line turning brown, water-soaked, soft and slimy; tissue has foul odor and mushy appearance;
Comments: Disease is most commonly found in plantations which have overhead irrigation systems or in areas with high rainfall; disease emergence is favored by high temperatures and high humidity.
Management: Plow all crop debris into soil in Fall; plant corn in well-draining soil to prevent waterlogged plants.