White mold’s late arrival minimized crop losses

White mold’s late arrival minimized crop losses

White mold’s late arrival minimized crop losses

A University of Wisconsin plant pathologist says many farmers found white mold developing in their soybeans much later than usual.  Dr. Damon Smith tells Brownfield it’s all because of the weather. “The dry weather throughout at least much of the southern third (of Wisconsin) here had folks a little bit fooled because they figured, well, you know, there’s no chance of white mold, and then things did start to get a little more ripe for the pathogen as we approached the R3 or beginning of pod set.”

Smith says he was alerting farmers there might be a late epidemic, but some farmers thought he was joking.