Question of the Week: Water Stress

Last week the question was:  What is making the leaves of this corn roll up?

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This corn is showing symptoms of water stress.  Its been a couple weeks since we’ve had any significant rain in the Pee Dee and there are a lot of corn fields that are starting to look like this.  Sandier fields are the first to show symptoms of stress since they hold the least moisture.  The plants respond to drought by rolling up the leaves in order to decrease transpiration.  Every time we see this stress, yield is being lost, even at this stage of the crop.

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Here is this week’s question:  What is this little critter? (20x magnification)

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