As mentioned in an earlier post, a deluge of rainfall has rained down on Georgia. Not only is heavy moisture impacting plant growth, it’s also making disease management incredibly difficult for many of Georgia’s prime crops.
Soggy fields are creating an ideal environment to host certain bacteria and fungicides in peanuts, cotton, corn and soybeans. Plus, the moist fields are making it difficult for farmers to get in to apply necessary fungicide treatments. Even when they are able to treat the plants, the treatment sometimes gets washed away, resulting from another torrential storm. Crops are reaching a critical stage where timely use of fungicide application is paramount to effectively reduce the risk for bacterial and fungal outbreaks.
In these current conditions, the occurrence and proliferation of leaf spot diseases, white mold and Rhizoctonia limb rot can be expected in peanut fields. In fact, it’s been reported that white mold has already killed young plants on Southern Georgia farms. It doesn’t stop there.
Cases of southern corn rust have also surfaced, along with northern corn leaf blight and southern corn leaf blight. Though the damage isn’t too severe yet, it is still important to gain control over these occurrences before they become widespread. Aggressive use of fungicide treatment has proven effective against southern rust, but in these conditions, effective treatment becomes difficult. In addition, soybeans are at risk for Asian soybean rust and cotton is at risk for target spot and Ascochyta wet-weather blight.
To stay on top of these diseases, continue scouting your crop, keeping track of bacterial and fungal outbreaks. What’s more, hope that dry weather is on the horizon!
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