Planting has only started but farmers are being reminded to consider the disease threat. NDSU Extension Plant Pathologist Andrew Friskop says farmers should stick to their original plans for disease control with wheat acres. “With late planting, some people may want to know how that shapes our disease control. We know that the cool, wet weather early on like we’re seeing may drive epidemics of tan spots or fungal leaf spots.” Timing also becomes an issue. “Calculate the inputs that you use and then calculate when that next opportunity would be to apply that fungicide. It looks like most will be putting a fungicide in that tank mix early on to help suppress early-season diseases.”
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