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Agronomy Talk

KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE - AUSTIN SCOTT, CCA

To Spray or Not to Spray

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

As this growing season progresses, it is important to scout your fields weekly for weeds, insects and disease. Spray only when it is warranted. While preventative spraying can be tempting, it also increases the odds of producing resistant pests. We are losing chemistries to resistance much faster than we are gaining new modes of action (MOA), so we must remain good stewards of the products we have. This means rotating chemistries and using multiple MOA’s to target pests. Most state extension services offer free “scout schools” to local residents. I encourage you to attend these events whenever possible to make you aware of new pests that may be entering your area and when exactly it pays to spray. As always, contact your local seed advisor or myself with any questions or concerns. 

Author: Austin Scott

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