Corn or Maize (Zea mays) is a plant that belongs to the family of grasses (Poaceae). It is cultivated globally as it is one of the most important cereal crops worldwide. Maize is not only an important source of human nutrients, but also a basic element of animal feed, and raw material for the manufacture of many industrial products. The products include corn starch, maltodextrins, corn oil, corn syrup, and products of fermentation and distillation industries. It is also being recently used as biofuel. Maize is a versatile crop grown over a range of agro-climatic zones.
Maize is a global crop with many different types suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions. It is a cereal crop of economic importance. Potassium has an important effect on its quality and yield of corn crop through:
Phosphorus plays an important role in the corn crop as it helps to: -
Calcium has an important role in the corn crop: -
Potassium deficiency symptoms on the corn crop are appear on the edges of the old leaves that turn yellow, and then these leaves appear burnt as the symptoms of deficiency:
Phosphorus deficiency Symptoms on corn crop shows a shortage on old leaves in the form of scarlet or purple- color on the edges of the leaf:
Decrease calcium leading to yellowing and deformation of young leaves as well: -