CPN April 2021 Newsletter

Apr 8, 2021


We are pleased to send out the first newsletter for the Crop Protection Network. We want to get quality information out on important issues affecting field crops to as many people as possible. We have a lot of passionate individuals involved and we’re excited to let you know about protecting crops!

Webinar series

It has been a busy time at the Crop Protection Network. Our webinar series on soybean diseases is in full swing, and on April 6 please join us for Resistance is Futile: The Latest on Fungicide Resistance in Soybean Pathogens. We’ve already released two webinars in 2021 – Soybean Seedling Disease Research and Management Update came out in February and our Soybean Taproot Decline: Diagnosis and Management was released in March. Don’t forget to take the CCA CEU exam to earn credit after watching each webinar.


We’ve also completed several new publications including research reviews on foliar fungicide use in corn and white mold on soybean and our every popular 2021 fungicide efficacy updates. For the corn fungicide publication, we summarized a research manuscript that combined hundreds of data points to find out more about the impact of foliar fungicides on corn yields and found a single fungicide application of a fungicide with both DMI and QoI classes had the greatest likelihood of increasing yields.

Yield loss update

The Crop Protection Network has been helping collect and summarize disease loss estimates for the past several years. The corn disease loss estimates for 2020 shows that southern rust and Fusarium stalk rot were the two most prominent diseases across the U.S. and Ontario, Canada. Don’t forget to check out the Yield Loss Calculator to view the data through our cool interactive charts.

New funding

Much of this work has been the result of recent funding we’ve obtained from the United Soybean Board (USB) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) which allowed for the hiring of a new communication specialist, Thomas Nelson. He’s coming from the Marshalltown Times Republican and joining us to help get our message out to as many people as possible.

CPN trivia

Sclerotinia stem rot is another name for which soybean stem disease?

Send us your answer to cropprotectionnetwork@gmail.com by April 15, and you will be put in a drawing for a Crop Protection Network t-shirt. The winner will be announced in the next newsletter.

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