Sweet corn > Seedling > Poor or no emergence
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Seed Corn Maggot
- Maggots feed on developing seed which can prevent emergence
- Damage is more common in cooler, wet weather
- Seed corn maggot should not attack plantings made after June 1st
- Maggots are yellowish-white, carrot-shaped, about ¼ inch in length, and legless
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Pythium spp., Penicillium spp., Rhizoctonia spp., Fusarium spp. f.sp. conglutinans
- Seed may rot in soil resulting in poor emergence
- Seedlings may be stunted, pale green and may wilt
- Dark sunken lesions may be seen on the stem or roots
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Cold Soil Temperature
- Few or no seedlings emerge from the soil
- Occurs with soil temperatures below 65F
- Most common in super sweet (ss) corn hybrids
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