The “ugly” stage of corn is notable in some fields. As the plant transitions from dependance on the seed to dependance on nodal roots, tough growing conditions can result in a variety of symptoms. The weather extremes experienced so far this spring prolonged dependence on seed reserves, which are depleted even as nodal root systems “catch up.” The good news is that as these plants reach V5/V6, they will “turn the corner” and take on a much better appearance.