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Ergot: Six things to be mindful of with ergot in small grains and grasses

The pathogen that causes ergot generates toxic alkaloids that potentially could create problems with livestock feeding, and when trying to market a small grain crop. This article reviews some of the commonly asked questions pertaining to ergot. Read More

Diagnosing Interveinal Chlorosis in Soybeans — it’s not just SDS

Interveinal chlorosis is a common symptom in soybean production systems. More often than not, it is assumed that interveinal chlorosis indicates the presence of soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS). However, there are several other soybean diseases and disorders that can cause interveinal chlorosis besides SDS. Read More

How Tar Spot of Corn Impacted Hybrid Yields During the 2018 Midwest Epidemic

Tar spot of corn is a new disease to the United States that was first observed in 2015 in Indiana and Illinois. Since then, it has also been confirmed in Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. In 2018, a tar spot epidemic occurred in the upper Midwest, which had a significant impact on corn grain and silage yield and quality. Little field screening has been done in the US for corn germplasm... Read More

Foliar Fungicide Decisions for Late-Planted Crops

Many farmers are now asking if fungicide application(s) will provide an adequate return on investment. The answer to this question will be crop, region, state and field specific. However, there are guidelines that can aid in determining if a fungicide application will be a sound investment in 2019. Read More

Soybean Seed Quality Considerations for 2019

Seed quality from the 2018 soybean harvest was below average across the majority of the soybean-producing areas of the United States. Several factors led to poor-quality soybean seed, but some of the most important were wet conditions throughout the fall and subsequent delayed harvest. The wet conditions delayed harvest and created the right conditions for several seed diseases. Read More

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

Selecting the most appropriate soybean varieties each year is critical for farming operations to remain profitable. Although your top factor is often high yield potential, there are other characteristics you should consider. These other characteristics include disease-, insect-, and herbicide-resistance traits; maturity date; and target market. If you focus on only one of these aspects during the... Read More

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

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. Read More

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). New entries have been added to the database’s encyclopedia section, encompassing wheat crop pathogens. These entries have in-depth descriptions and photos of diseases impacting wheat plants, diagnostic tips, impacts of weather on disease and general management informatio... Read More

New Site Gives Midwest Farmers Easy Access to Crop Management Resources

Farmers and agribusiness have a new tool to help them tackle crop management challenges. The Crop Protection Network, a multi-state and international collaboration of university and provincial extension specialists, has redesigned its website at www.cropprotectionnetwork.org. Read More