Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Thrips in Corn

Posted by romeethredge on May 24, 2013

Why do I even bring it up? Thrips don’t usually cause any real damage to corn.

Well, I have been asked about the funny streaks on corn leaves and sometimes it looks kind of bad. The weather now is perfect for thrips, dry and somewhat cool, or at least it was cool a few days ago.  Also, I don’t want folks to mistake it for a disease. Here’s a link to more thrips info. http://www.ent.uga.edu/veg/solanaceous/thrips.htm

They feed along the leaf as it is unfurling from the whorl and cause the light colored streaks that sometimes become necrotic. Here are some photos I took this week.

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