1. Rain will continue to delay timely fungicide applications for our peanuts, corn, and possibly soybeans. When we can get back in the field, careful selection of fungicides with systemic and curative activity is increasingly important.
2. This weather should both flair infections and development of diseases and facilitate spread.
3. Many important diseases are already active to include rusts, leaf spots, and white mold (see attached pics I took all by myself yesterday at the Stripling Irrigation Park while digging plants 45 days after planting. White mold was active, damaging plants, AND producing sclerotia).
4. This is not “fear mongering”. If you understand the “disease triangle” you will recognize, “Houston, we have a problem”.