Fungal disease pressure still prevalent with hot and dry conditions

by | Nov 30, 2023 | 5 Ag Stories, News

With harvest 2023 complete and the cold winter months just around the corner, now is a great time to study the ’23 growing season and lessons learned.

Kim Tutor is a technical marketing manager with BASF and she says that despite the widespread hot and dry conditions this growing season, one fungal disease continues to be top of mind for growers in the corn belt.

She says that the Midwest was hot and dry for the most part this growing season but tar spot continued to spread. Tutor says that tar spot needs three things to survive; a host, the pathogen, and the right environmental conditions. Therefore, tar spot can infiltrate a field as soon as those conditions are right for the disease to spread.

Tutor says that selecting the right fungicide can help to protect you from tar spot while also providing additional benefits.

Even if a growing area is not receiving moisture in the form of rain, tar spot can take hold with just a small amount of moisture present.

Tutor tells the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network that southern rust also caused problems for corn growers this year.

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