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Published 14 May 2003

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Wind & Sandblasting Damage to Corn


R.L. (Bob) Nielsen
Agronomy Dept., Purdue Univ.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054
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Last week's incessant strong winds resulted in dramatic leaf tissue damage to some early-planted corn due to the the wind damage itself and the accompanying abrasive effect of blowing soil particles near the soil surface. The following images are from an early-April planted field in westcentral Indiana and illustrate the "sandblasting" effects of blowing soil particles on exposed leaves.

Fortunately, the plants are young enough that such above-ground leaf tissue damage will likely result in no measurable yield effect at harvest. The "bent-over" appearance of the whorls will correct itself as the plants continue to develop. Some may endure twisted whorls a bit longer if the damaged leaf tissue interferes with normal whorl leaf expansion.

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