October 5, 2012
Mycotoxins of corn can affect human and livestock health, as well as threaten production. And with many of the corn-growing regions experiencing a hot, dry summer, there is potential for ear rot diseases and mycotoxin contamination to threaten this year's corn supply even further.
In response, the Plant Management Network, publisher of the Focus on Corn webcast resource, is re-opening two webcasts through December 31, 2012: “Ear and Kernel Mold Biology and Management” by Dr. Charles Woloshuk at Purdue University and “Corn Storage” by Dr. Ken Hellevang at North Dakota State University.
“Ear and Kernel Mold Biology and Management” ( http://bit.ly/RlmtmH) helps corn growers and crop consultants learn how to recognize the important ear rot diseases of corn; grasp the relationship between ear rot diseases and mycotoxin contamination; learn the basic principles of ear rot disease management; and understand how to reduce the risk of spoilage.
The “Corn Storage” webcast ( http://bit.ly/MqUkWz) helps guide the user through proper corn storage management practices, including preparation, monitoring, and aeration.
Other Focus on Corn presentations can be viewed at http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/foc.
Focus on Corn is a publication of the Plant Management Network (PMN), a nonprofit online publisher whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops. It achieves this mission through applied, science-based resources. PMN is jointly managed by the American Society of Agronomy, American Phytopathological Society, and Crop Science Society of America.