Got Zebras in Your Corn Field?
R.L. (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Extension Agronomist
Leaf striping in corn can be a diagnostic symptom
of nutrient deficiencies.
However, sometimes growers find single plants scattered randomly
a field that exhibit a more distinct zebra-like striping like those
in the accompanying images. Individual plants with such defined
result from genetic mutations that affect chlorophyll development
specific spatial patterns in the leaves. The distinct striping
random occurrence of single affected plants are key clues to identifying
genetic mutation as the factor involved with the leaf striping
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