North Carolina growers express concern about diseases and pigweed

In Southeast Farm Press

The importance of disease management to maximize corn yields and ongoing concern about Palmer amaranth topped discussion at the 2015 Northeast Ag Expo Field Day in Shiloh, N.C. July 30.

Traveling south from Virginia, Hillary Mehl, Extension crops plant pathologist at Virginia Tech, stressed the importance of knowing the relative resistance or susceptibility to diseases of each corn variety selected. Through it all, farmers must be aware of the disease they are looking for, which is why scouting is critical, Mehl emphasized.

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Late-planted soybeans may be more prone to diseases

In Southeast Farm Press

Soybeans were likely planted later than ever this year, and over a large geographic area in the Upper Southeast.

And North Carolina State University Plant Pathologist Steve Koenning says some of these beans may be exposed for longer periods of time to more than usual disease pressure.

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