While it may be too early to tell which specific diseases will impact corn growers most this season, it is clear that disease prevention will be imperative to high yields in 2011, as a difficult spring in many areas of the country led to a late planting date.
Growers worried about the impact of a late planting date on their corn yields can address those concerns through an appropriately timed application of a fungicide product, such as Headline AMP™ fungicide.
“The 2011 spring season was difficult for growers across much of the Midwest, putting stress on crops early in the season,” said Nick Fassler, Technical Market Manager, BASF. “As the season progresses, additional stressors will compound, making it difficult for growers to manage disease pressures to protect their crop. It will be important for growers to scout their fields for disease, and combat the problem immediately, to help maximize yield and get the most out of every acre.”
Many Midwestern growers were unable to meet target planting dates because of wet conditions, which delayed the season across the Corn Belt. Late-planted corn is often stressed by high disease pressure, solidifying the need for a fungicide that provides maximum disease control and Plant Health benefits. A late planting date often means the crop will be stressed by a variety of factors, including hotter temperatures during pollination, elevated disease inoculum and a longer window for disease pressure.
The pollination climate for late-planted corn is often hotter and drier than preferred. The high temperatures cause stress on the crop, which compounds the normal strain a crop is put under in the weeks following planting. A stressed crop is less productive and produces less yield. Additionally, late-planted corn often results in a late harvest date, meaning the crops need to stand later than usual. Applying a fungicide like Headline AMP is an important tool for growers looking for increased stalk strength with a wider harvest window.
In such instances, proactive planning and use of fungicides helps corn growers manage risk, which help make the difference between an average growing season and a great one.
Even in areas where planting dates have not been an issue, such as Nebraska, parts of Illinois and Iowa, growers are being cautioned to keep a close eye on their fields, as damaging weather and disease outbreaks this summer could impact promising yield potential in corn.
As the season progresses, corn is susceptible to more disease pressures, making proactive management strategies and field scouting extremely important. Stressed crops are prone to disease, making fungicide application critical to achieving yield potential.