Wilt disease suspected in Madison corn crop
BATON ROUGE - Growers are waiting for confirmation that Goss' wilt disease has been found in some corn fields in Madison Parish.
LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Clayton Hollier says that, if confirmed, it would be the first case of the disease in Louisiana.
Samples taken in June from corn fields in Madison Parish had classic leaf symptoms and disease spread pattern of Goss's wilt in the corn hybrid DK 6694, he says.
In 2011 there were reports of Goss' wilt in northeast Louisiana, but investigators found the real problem was fertilizer burn, herbicide burn and impact of drought conditions.
The field in Madison Parish has been isolated. Hollier is awaiting positive identification of what it ailing the crop there.