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Causes of floppy corn syndrome

Numerous calls have been received in the Extension office regarding floppy corn syndrome. This occurs when the corn plant from V4 to V8 leaf stage starts to set the permanent roots (nodal roots) and the plant falls over.

Plants can survive if the mesocotyl remains so the roots can establish themselves during a rain event. However, with hot dry conditions and dry soils, plants that have fallen over will die

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