With the harvest underway throughout Iowa, rain in some parts of the state is stopping combines from securing kernels from the field. Depending on your location, disease pressure might not have been high. However, rainfall patterns throughout the season, and even over the last several weeks, means we are not out of the woods yet. Ear rots and associated mycotoxins could be problematic as corn sits in the field awaiting harvest.
Fungicide use in corn production in the United States was a rare practice for much of its history as a commercial grain. Only recently has fungicide increased rapidly, specifically between 2000 and 2010. While the use of fungicide on the crop grew exponentially, plant pathologists did not record an increase in fungal foliar disease pressure in corn.
Day 2 of the #ICM30 Conference has wrapped up and while we feel great about the sessions we were able to get to today, there were plenty out there that we were not able to get to that had just as helpful information. Make sure to get on Twitter and search for the #ICM30 to get all of the updates from various presentations today.
Here is a round-up of several sessions today in relation to Integrated Pest Management:
Insect Resistance to Bt