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2023 Fungicide Planning

It’s that time. Helicopters are buzzing.

Once again, we have had a very unique growing season here in our area. Starting the season with dry conditions brought some concern that fall would be short. However, as rains have begun, we have new opportunities not only for yield but also for disease pressures. Taking fields from hot and dry to now somewhat cool and damp is creating a prime breeding ground for disease.

As we have been scouting, we too are seeing these increased pressures in the field. One of the most common diseases we are seeing as it prefers high humidity and high temperatures is (GLS) gray leaf spot.

Common throughout the southern part of our territory, tar spot is slowly creeping its way north towards our core area. For those of you with irrigation, these fields are highly susceptible for exposure to tar spot.

Beyond disease protection, you also have the core fungicide benefits of stalk quality at harvest and decreased plant respiration rates. Both effectively attribute to positive ROI but often get little credit when it comes to a well-nurtured or outcomed crop.

What does it take to break even? This chart from SDSU allows you to see your scenario to make the best economic decision for your operation.

We have many options and plans when it comes to fungicide, and we want to help you consider if this is the best option for your operation. Now is also a great time to be adding in micronutrients to boost your field to maximum yields.

Let us help lead the way! There is fungus among us. 😜

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