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Blunt ear syndrome found in area corn fields

by Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension, Northwest Region

The corn ears look large in area fields but our observations can be deceiving. Some area fields have corn plants with large shucks but hidden below is a reduced cob with little grain and in worst cases, no grain.

This is known as Blunt Ear Syndrome (BES) and the cause of the problem has never been completely identified. Often

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