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Within the past week many corn fields have tasseled or are near tasseling. Soybeans are approaching or are at the R3 growth stage. These two stages in corn and soybeans are recognized as the optimal times to apply fungicides to the growing crop and the perfect time to ad a plant nutritional product such as Max IN ZMB or Max IN for Beans. When thinking about a fungicide application, you should always ask three questions: 1. What is the hybrid? 2. Is the weather conducive to disease environment? 3. Is there disease present?
The first question in soybeans is not as relevant as corn, question 2 we can definitely answer yes with hot and humid conditions we have been having, for question 3 Septoria Brown Spot has been affecting the soybean plants for several weeks, in the past few days frog eye leaf spot has shown up in many (look at pictures below) for frog eye leaf spot one lesion per 25 feet of row can reduce yield up to 8 bushel per acre.

For corn, the yield potential is great so protecting it from disease is a must. Grey leaf spot has been found in many fields, (look at pictures below) scout your fields or ask your Mercer Landmark representative. With the warm humid conditions, the disease can progress up the plant very quickly. We have to protect the plant all the way through grain fill.

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