Sweet corn that has emerged has been observed yellow or light green in color. The chlorosis may be uniform, or appear mottled on the plant, or only the newest leaf growing out of the whorl is yellow. Cold weather is responsible for the injury. Corn cannot make chlorophyll when the temperature fails to climb above 65 to 70 degrees for an extended period. Herbicides are not responsible for the problem. Varietal differences to cold tolerance exist. The corn will turn green when the weather turns warm.
May 21, 2014