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Diseases Could Have Ridden TS Andrea into Carolina Corn Fields

Recent heavy rains and Tropical Storm Andrea have created some interesting situations in the southeastern corn crop. Kevin Phillips field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer for the Carolinas and Georgia:

“I would encourage growers to increase their scouting efforts in corn, the tropical rains have favored diseases and could have brought spores from southern rust which can be a very destructive disease. We are not sure yet whether any spores have come or not, but we are getting into the time when we really need to be scouting for this disease”

The Carolina wheat crop is also struggling to make it to the finish line says Phillips:

“With the winds and rain we did see some sprouts and I know folks are trying to get to the combines and get the wheat out before the sprouts get too bad.”

And if that’s not enough, weed pressure in soybeans is beginning to become an issue says Phillips:

“Sometimes the rain has washed out some of our pre-emergent chemicals and some wet fields have delayed some post applications on wheat fields. Farmers are working hard to really take on the weed pressure we are getting from all of the rain. I would encourage growers to continue to be diligent on their weed control with soybeans.”

But, in spite of a rough start, the corn crop has turned a corner and is looking good says Phillips:

“I have very high expectations of a really good corn yield. It looks like corn is growing well. Some of it may have lost some nitrogen from the lynching rains but hopefully the growers will still have the opportunity to add some extra nitrogen.”

Phillips suggests apply nitrogen to corn if possible:

“A lot of growers are calling in right now to ask when is the last time they can put some nitrogen on the corn, and particularly wet fields, I am suggesting that if the silks have not turned brown yet then they can go ahead and make an inject to the irrigation system.”

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Field Agronomist for DuPont Pioneer, Kevin Phillips. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.