Should I Book Fungicide Right Now?
Before you even think about buying and applying a fungicide, first get your agronomic house in order. “Invest in new technologies for problems you actually have or that increase your overall farming efficiency,” says Bob Nielsen, Purdue University Extension agronomist.
These technologies may or may not include a fungicide. Disease is a major agronomic hurdle for Indiana farmers. However, Indiana must also get their agronomic house in order for:
· Water and soil management
· Hybrid selection
· Weed control
· Nitrogen management
Other states may have similar agronomic priorities, too.
You’ll also need to make a commitment to scouting, says Keith Porter, agronomy services leader for Mycogen Seeds. Here are some tips on when to start scouting and other disease management considerations.