Southern corn rust has been identified in 3 locations as of late last week. The last identification was in a field in Morgan County near the community of Buckhead (near Madison). Prior to this find late last week it had ONLY been found lightly in Seminole and Marion Counties. Samples from the Bulloch County corn rust sentinel plot at Michael Smith’s Farm have been taken weekly, but no corn rust has been found.
If your corn is not yet at R6/dough stages, you should be aware there is at least some threat. The recent find of southern corn rust in north Georgia means that it could be present anywhere in Georgia now. The current weather has been conducive for the movement of the disease. Samples will continue to be taken from the Bulloch County corn rust sentinel plot at Michael’s.