Matthew Wilde

Disease Management: Weather favors development of soybean diseases

Conditions are favorable for a yield-robbing fungus to plague soybean fields in the Midwest. Soybean specialists urge farmers be on the lookout for white mold, and be prepared to combat the disease. Development is bolstered by wet, cool, cloudy and humid weather at flowering. With most soybeans just starting to or about to reach the R1 (flowering) stage, experts suggest farmers spray fungicides now in fields with a history of white mold. A severe infection will weaken plants and cause wilting, lodging and death. Daren Mueller, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach plant pathologist, said a preemptive strike is [...]

By |July 8, 2014|
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