Agronomist urges farmers to review corn genetics, spraying times before 2022

Agronomist urges farmers to review corn genetics, spraying times before 2022

Agronomist urges farmers to review corn genetics, spraying times before 2022

An agronomist says he is seeing how different genetics in corn are making a difference when it comes to fighting diseases.  Bob Berkovich is with Pioneer in Wisconsin. He says, “Gray leaf spot or northern leaf blight, anthracnose, tar spot, all of the above, one thing we’re seeing is that maybe some of the most dramatic genetic differences out there are tar spot tolerance.”

Berkovich tells Brownfield along with genetics, fungicide applications can help manage tar spot but farmers might have to look at applying after the traditional July application times in years like this where heavy moisture arrived in August.