Knox County Vomitoxin Research Station #1 Installed – Thanks to Dr. Pierce Paul and Crew!
A Special Thanks to Sassafras Hill Farms – Nate McKee and Skyler Epler!!
Fusarium molds that produce DON often develop under wet weather conditions. This particular mold initially enters plants through silks or wounds, and cool, wet conditions during the silking stage promotes spore production, increasing the inoculum load that can potentially infect more plants. Infections by the fungal species F. graminearum result in the development of Gibberella ear and stalk rots. Corn from fields with this disease issue may need to be tested for potential contamination.
The goal of this Statewide research project is to develop a prediction model that will allow producers to take corrective action based upon a weather prediction model to prevent plant infections.
40 of these research stations are scattered throughout West-Central Ohio.