Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Purple Leaf Sheath

Posted by romeethredge on May 28, 2015

 Purple leaf sheath is a harmless disorder that results when pollen or other debris become trapped in the leaf sheaths by the stalk.  It looks bad and can be confused with one of the stalk rots. Upon cutting into the stalks there is no damage however with this. UGA Diagnostician Jason Brock confirmed the disorder on plants from Seminole County today. I see it often in fields, especially after pollination, sometimes it seems like fertilizer burn and other problems can make this worse.

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