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Southern Illinois agronomist watching late season diseases

Late season disease pressure is top of mind for corn and soybean growers in southeastern Illinois.

DEKALB/Asgrow Technical Agronomist Josh Tooley says following drought stress and recent rains corn growers are watching for some of the usual disease suspects.

“ We are seeing southern rust starting to blow in from the South, not yet in Illinois. Then from the northern side we are watching where tar spot is going to end at and where we’re going to see it locally.”

Meanwhile soybean growers are scouting for a fairly new disease called Red Crown Rot.

“Locally, we’re seeing it in some very small pockets, very few acres right now. We focus on monitoring, identifying and make sure we get samples sent to labs. Then continue to work on developing plans for those growers around how to manage it moving forward.”

He tells Brownfield looking ahead corn growers should scout for earworm pressure and late season molds and soybean growers will need to focus on hitting optimal harvest maturity.

Brownfield interviewed Kovach at the DEKALB/Asgrow “What’s in the Bag” Breeding Site Media Event in Jerseyville, Illinois.

Audio: Interview with Josh Tooley

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