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Should I Book Fungicide Right Now?

Gil Gullickson 05/19/2014 @ 4:59pm Crops Technology Editor for Successful Farming magazine/Agriculture.com

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.

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 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. 

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