corn stunt

noun

Definition of corn stunt

  1. :  a serious disease of corn that is characterized by stunted growth, poorly developed ears, and yellowish or reddish discoloration of the leaves Corn stunt typically occurs from the southern U.S. to South America. It is caused by a spiroplasma (Spiroplasma kunkelii) transmitted by leafhoppers (especially Dalbulus maidis). Some corn stunt losses may have been averted this year by a strategy in which farmers plant earlier—during March, mostly—because heat seems to be linked to increased populations of the disease-carrying leafhopper. — Dennis Pollock, Fresno Bee, 26 July 2002

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1963

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1963


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