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Don’t Get Lost in the Weeds: Additional Factors to Consider when Selecting Xtend Soybean Varieties

By Daren Mueller, Iowa State University; Damon Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Spyridon Mourtzinis, University of Wisconsin-Madison;Yuba Kandel, Iowa State University; Tom Allen, Mississippi State University; Terry Spurlock, University of Arkansas; and Travis Faske, University of Arkansas. Selecting the most appropriate soybean varieties each year is critical for farming operations to…

Smartphone Application to Forecast White Mold in Soybean Now Available to Growers

Madison, WI — A new smartphone application, ‘Sporecaster,’ is now available for free download on both Android and iOS devices, that helps soybean farmers manage white mold. The application aides in the decision-making process of whether or not to apply a fungicide based on custom disease risk calculations for your field. The application was developed…

Wheat Diseases Added To Crop Protection Network Online Encyclopedia

Important updates have been made to the multi-state and international collaborative database, the Crop Protection Network (CPN). A total of 31 entries have been added to the database’s encyclopedia section, encompassing wheat crop pathogens. These entries are complete with in-depth descriptions and photos of diseases impacting wheat plants, diagnostic tips, impacts of weather on disease…

Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases

Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases The Corn Disease Working Group (CDWG) developed ratings for how well fungicides control major corn diseases in the United States. The CDWG determined the efficacy ratings for each fungicide by field-testing the materials over multiple years and locations. Each rating is based on the product’s level of disease…

Corn Disease Loss Estimates For the United States and Ontario, Canada — 2016

Corn Disease Loss Estimates For the United States and Ontario, Canada — 2016 Corn diseases annually reduce yield in the United States and Canada. Diseases of importance vary from year to year, and diseases that affect yield are based on many factors, including weather conditions, crop production practices, and hybrid selection and susceptibility to disease. Plant…

Soybean Disease Loss Estimates From the United States and Ontario, Canada — 2015

Soybean Disease Loss Estimates From the United States and Ontario, Canada — 2015 Each year, soybean diseases reduce yield in the United States and Ontario, Canada. Diseases of importance vary on an annual basis, and diseases that affect yield are based on many factors, including environment, crop production practices, as well as variety selection and susceptibility…

Corn Disease Loss Estimates For the United States and Ontario, Canada — 2015

Corn Disease Loss Estimates For the United States and Ontario, Canada — 2015 Corn diseases annually reduce yield in the United States and Canada. Diseases of importance vary from year to year, and diseases that affect yield are based on many factors, including weather conditions, crop production practices, and hybrid selection and susceptibility to disease. Plant…

Grain Sampling and Mycotoxin Testing

If corn ear rots were a problem in the field, it is important to test harvested grain for mycotoxins. Obtaining a representative sample for mycotoxin testing is critical for accurate results. It’s also important to know that testing methods vary in accuracy. This publication recommends grain sampling and testing methods for detecting mycotoxins. Sampling Requirements…

Using Atoxigenics to Manage Aflatoxin

Using Atoxigenics to Manage Aflatoxin Aspergillus ear rot (caused by the fungus Aspergillus flavus) is one of the most economically important corn ear rots in the southern United States (Fig. 1). The fungus produces aflatoxin, which is a dangerous mycotoxin. Most governments regulate aflatoxin in food and feed, because it is harmful to humans and livestock.…