Diplodia Ear Rot

The weather conditions in portions of the Eastern corn belt this summer and early fall have been conducive to the growth of the corn fungal disease known as Diplodia ear rot.  The disease is caused by grayish brown mold growth, usually beginning at the bottom of the ear.  Grain infected by Diplodia will have a reduced test weight and increased kernel damage.  Diplodia has not been known to cause mycotoxins that are dangerous to human and animal health.  Your MPCI policy provides coverage for quality deficiencies, including those resulting from Diplodia.  Corn with a test weight below 49 lbs/bu or a kernel damage above 10% will qualify for quality adjustment.  If you are having issues with Diplodia or any other quality problems in your corn, give us a cal today to further discuss your coverage and options.