Corn-Smut Disease: Profit Potential and Nutritious!

Corn-Smut Disease picture of diseased ear

Corn-Smut Disease

Corn-Smut Disease.

Corn-smut is a disease caused by the fungus, Ustilago maydis. In this disease, the fungal spores enter through the corn silks  (Note: each silk represents a single kernel created when the corn silk is pollinated). Once pollination is completed and the silks appear darkened brown; the silks do not distinguish between a pollen grain and a fungal spore–it simply appears as if pollination has taken place. At this point, the infection has already begun. Continue reading

Foliar Damage on Livin’ Easy Rose

Fully opened blossom of Livin' Easy rose.

Livin’ Easy, Aug 10, 2013

Most rose varieties have some susceptibility to leaf damage from fungal pathogens; however, the damage does not necessarily kill the rose.

The Livin’ Easy old garden rose produces blooms most of the year in my gardens (except during the time period of frequent temperature drops below 32—usually from late November until early or mid-February). Continue reading