There are two major issues this fall: tar spot affecting the stalks on corn stalks, and the moving of herbicide resistant weed seeds from one field to the next.

It has become painfully obvious that many corn fields in the area were hit hard by tar spot. While the dry weather the past few weeks was one reason the corn browned so early, tar spot accelerated the drying out process even more.

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or

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