How Will Delayed Planting Influence Crop Diseases in 2019?

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Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Darcy Telenko, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Purdue University

We keep getting this question, because as we write this, it is storming yet again in many locations in the Midwest. Rain, rain, and more rain has pushed back timely planting everywhere. Concern is starting to mount about not only yield loss simply from delayed planting, but what increased risk of yield loss due to disease there might be in 2019. As we consider this issue, we will use tar spot of corn and white mold of soybean as just two examples of where this could be an issue. Continue reading

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