Agronomy Tip: Scout
Tanna Petersak, Regional Sales Agronomist for Stine Seed has a one-word recommendation to get ahead of potential issues in the fields: scout.
“Make sure to step out of the truck and walk fields regularly while also doing root digs to look for signs of feeding,” she says. “Understanding pest history will help determine what trait platform is needed for corn. On the soybean side, I recommend the variety with the disease protection that has the most impact on those acres. When choosing a soybean platform, choose one with an herbicide program that has multiple fungicide and insecticide tank mix capabilities.”
Petersak’s best advice is to prevent things from getting out of hand because once the crops are damaged, they’re damaged. A fungicide is meant to protect, not cure.