How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Corn – Zea mays
Family Poaceae (Grass family)

Plant Description

Corn varieties differ significantly in time to maturity and in sweetness. Yellow, white, bi-color, standard, and extra-sweet varieties are available. Because corn is wind-pollinated, good pollination is essential for full kernel development.

Cultural Tips

Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing corn.

For more information about growing vegetables, visit the UC ANR California Garden Web website.

Two ears of fresh sweet corn, Zea mays.

Pests and disorders of Corn



Environmental disorders



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