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Farmers in South Dakota got a jump-start with planting earlier this year. The early rainfall certainly helped the plants growth; however, bean leaf beetle became a problem because of the early planting. Whether it is pests, diseases, drought, or other pressures, it is critical to reduce plant stress to help maximize yield potential.
Jeff Fuls, Asgrow® and DEKALB® Technical Agronomist in Northern South Dakota, explains that applying a foliar fungicide is most effective at reducing plant stress during the reproductive stage. This can be one of the best approaches when increasing yield potential. He elaborated that foliar fungicides have led to great results, even on the corn side, especially in corn-on-corn acres. The applications of these fungicides have decreased the amount of stress on the plant, even in extreme drought conditions.
Fuls also believes soybeans have been holding up well under these conditions.13;10; “Asgrow looks great. We are getting a robust pipeline, and we also have a lot more robust plant types than we have had in the past. We have been getting a really good canopy over much of the field, which is important for weed control. Weed control is tough this year with the amount of weeds we had. The quicker we can get that canopy, the better off we are. In a dry year, those robust plant types really pay off,65533;? Fuls said.
Watch the video below to see more from Jeff Fuls about South Dakota agronomics.