Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Question of the Week – Corn Smut

Posted by romeethredge on July 5, 2013

Yes, the problem on the corn ear was Corn Smut (Ustilago maydis). It’s a pathologenic fungus that gets into the kernels and fills them with a yummy substance to some folks. It’s known in Mexico as huitlacoche; it is eaten, usually as a filling, in quesadillas and other tortilla-based foods, and soups. I’ve heard that you can buy it in cans.

There is nothing to do if you see this in your field.  There is some speculation that stink bugs can spread it and it does seem to be worse in the presence of the bugs and on the field edges.

This week a wildlife question for you. What is this creature we saw down in a burrow on Shell island a few weeks ago?

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