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Believe it or not, I *want* my plants to get infected with corn smut, as it is considered delicacy in the NY area. I've even heard that the Dept of Agriculture suggested that farmers intentionally produce corn smut as a crop, instead of destroying the infected ears on sight.

Where can I get fungus for inoculating the corn?

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This is the first time I have been asked this specific question. Smut normally appears following a hail that damages the seed coat. I am assuming anything that will damage the kernel seed coat will permit smut to develop.  The spores appear to be air-born so there are normally present.  Try using a sharp object and gently pierce the seed coat, I think one could just go through the husk with the poke.  A needle of any kind should work.
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Dale Softley

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General crop production, pesticides

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Forensic Agronomist. Consulting Agronomist for 30 year

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American Society of Agronomy

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BS Agronomy, Range Science

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