Tillage is very important for breaking down infected corn residue. Reducing stress of plants as much as possible will allow for a healthier, more resistant crop.
Controlling stalk-boring insects with pesticides and maintaining a balanced soil pH through the use of fertilizer can reduce the risk for a diplodia stalk rot infection.
To reduce the risk of infection, crop rotation is very important. If continuous corn is necessary, rotating corn genetics can be helpful. Choosing hybrids with resistance or high stalk strength is another great way to avoid yield loss in corn.