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Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
July is the month that we should be actively scouting our crops for disease and insects. At our Kentucky Practical Farm Research (PFR)® location, we’ve found that the best time to apply fungicide on corn is at the VT growth stage (tassel). However, it’s also important to consider what the previous crop was and if the hybrid in that field will respond to fungicide. Your first crop soybeans should be well in to their reproductive stages as well. We’ve found that spraying a fungicide and insecticide at the R3 growth stage (beginning pod) has consistently delivered a positive return on investment. I would still caution you to be proactive in scouting your fields and make pesticide applications only when the pest in question goes above the economic threshold.
Finally, as it gets later in the year you should consider bumping up your soybean population. Soybeans will naturally be shorter and have fewer nodes the later in the year you plant them. Therefore, you need to plant more to achieve the same number of nodes at harvest. Contact myself or your local Beck’s representative with any questions.
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Author: Austin Scott
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