CPN October 2021 Newsletter

Oct 12, 2021

Welcome back!

We are pleased to release our third newsletter for the Crop Protection Network (CPN). As harvest time progresses throughout the Midwest and in other parts of the nation, we wish everyone a safe season and best of luck tallying up those yields! 

I See Dead Plants Podcast Now Available

The “I See Dead Plants” podcast is a new offering from the Crop Protection Network. Crop management experts share current research about plant health, discuss trends within the industry and provide advice around the significance of effective pest management. The first four episodes are available with new episodes added periodically. “I See Dead Plants” is also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Fungicides are More than a Plant Disease Management Tool

Fungicides are an essential tool for managing disease in field crops. Fungicides are also used to treat human disease caused by fungi, such as aspergillosis. Recently, researchers reported that fungicide-resistant strains of the fungus that causes aspergillosis in humans likely acquired resistance from fungicide exposure in agricultural settings, rather than in a medical environment. Fungicides are powerful tools that can manage both plant and human fungal diseases. Maintaining these products for future use is important for everyone in the agriculture – and healthcare – industries. To learn more about fungicide resistant strains of fungi and their effect on humans, read the full length publication, Fungicides are More Than a Plant Disease Management Tool, on our website.

Discoloration in Soybean: Friend or Foe?

Check out The Science Behind Late Season Purple Soybean Stems, with details on how plants protect themselves from sun exposure. Different plant coloring is not always a symptom worth stressing over! Watch our YouTube video for a quick summary of these findings.

Encyclopedia Articles

Unsure about how to spot Fusarium stalk rot? Are you having trouble with powdery mildew in wheat fields? CPN has free articles on diseases for soybean, wheat, and corn. These cover common symptoms, regional information, and management solutions for crop producers.

More information on pest management can be found on the Crop Protection Network website, and keep checking back for new content. 

CPN Trivia

Thank you to everyone who participated in June’s CPN Newsletter trivia! The answer—soybean cyst nematode has been detected in 30 states since its first appearance in the U.S.!

This month’s question: As of October 5, 2021, tar spot has been found in 12 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. When tar spot was first observed in 2015, which two U.S. states was it found in?

Send us your answer to cropprotectionnetwork@gmail.com by November 8th, and you will be put in a drawing for a Crop Protection Network t-shirt. The winner will be announced in the following newsletter! Shirts can only be sent to addresses within the continental United States.

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