It’s late in the growing season, but Dr. Gary Fellows, Technical Marketing Manager for Fungicides for BASF says its not so late as to keep a close eye out for fungus diseases in soybeans and cotton. Fellows talks more about it with Southern Farm Network’s Bob Midles:
“If we look at soybeans, I have heard from southern Georgia that there is still some soybean rust on the move. Because the temperatures have been lower than normal and there has been good moisture, it has been a good year for soybean rust. Since our beans got in later in the season we want to keep an eye out because it doesn’t typically take off until after labor day because the temperatures drop down below the 90s were soybean rust does well. Because they were planted later than normal we may have a higher risk for this.
The frequent rain falls have been a disease issue. We have seen target spot in cotton especially in Georgia and South Carolina. If you know that its coming you can get out and put a preventative treatment on your cotton.
We say a preventative treatment instead of a curative treatment, because curative implies that you can go in and solve a problem. If a plant disease kills a leaf, no curative can bring that leaf back. All you are doing is trying to stop the disease from going further, there is no way to recover. If you can get in front of it and prevent it, that’s where you want to be. If your plant is totally destroyed with disease, its too late.”