How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pest identification and confirmation—Head smut

Head smut may be confused with common smut. However, the vascular bundles within the galls of head smut readily differentiate head smut from common smut. In head smut, leaflike proliferations often occur in tassels and partially smutted ears.

Galls of common smut
Galls of common smut

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