Corn and soybean growers are dealing with severe drought, which is some cases, is compounded by insect issues. Fungicides are often associated with wet conditions because those are the conditions that typically favor fungi; but through years of research, Syngenta has determined that, in addition to disease control, applying Quilt Xcel or Quadris fungicides during dry conditions can enhance water use efficiency, helping crops retain moisture and improve drought tolerance. That helps keep plants greener longer allowing extended ear or pod fill, which results in better realization of genetic yield potential, according to Bruce Battles, a crop specialist with Syngenta.
And although the drought has taken center stage, it’s not hard to recall how early the season began, which contributed to an abnormally early rootworm hatch. Rootworm populations are causing significant damage, even where certain corn rootworm traits were planted, according to Battles. Some growers may need to consider an application of a foliar insecticide like Warrior II to control corn rootworm adults that are going to emerge, feed on corn silks and affect pollination. Also important is the assessment of integrated pest management strategies for rootworm management and corn insect control.