Fungicides are a standard part of the arsenal for specialty crop growers. BASF Technical Service Representative Jared Roskamp says the demand for fungicides is now growing for corn and soybeans. “We see fungicides as a growing business segment because a lot of growers have seen that return on investment and the protection against disease,” said Roskamp. “Just look at new diseases, like tar spot in corn, and growers are seeing more reasons to make that decision.” Tar spot in corn is expanding its presence in the Midwest. “Watch for little black specks to show up on the leaves and it typically happens near the tassel timing; it is a very aggressive disease.” Roskamp says farmers need to be proactive, rather than reactive when dealing with diseases like tar spot.
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