Ben Hill County Ag

Row Crop Disease Update After Hurricane Michael

The damage from the storm to agriculture is horrendous in many places and in many others, even where the crop looks “OK” from 70 mph on the highway, the true story lies in the snowy lint covering the ground, losses in many places a bale, or much more.

From a disease management standpoint, the storm and damage from it have moved much of the cotton, late-season corn, and soybeans out of my area. Growers sho still have peanuts in the ground should watch them CAREFULLY. Delays in digging where leaf spot and/or white mold is severe will lead to SUBSTANTIAL losses. Growers with diseases in the field need to be EXTRA diligent in crop harvest. I have seen too many peanuts left in the ground following white mold with Mark Crosby, Bill Tyson and Tucker Price. I have seen too many peanuts left in the ground with Laura Griffin in what appears to be lesion nematode.

Growers will be hell-bent to get crops harvested, but please remind them that it is critical to diagnose soil borne and nematode problems now, late in the season and at harvest. Getting samples collected for disease and nematode analysis is critical.