Wet spring poses threat to corn plants

This time last year, corn plants were shriveling in drought-stricken fields with many plants barren of ears or signs of tasseling.

This year, heavy spring rainfall and recent high humidity prompted Purdue University to issue a warning that Hoosier corn plants — including those producing popcorn — face fungal diseases this summer that could cut into yields.

Plant pathologist Kiersten Wise of Purdue University said three diseases have sprung up on corn plants in Indiana.

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